26 April 2007 Influence of laser parameters on laser ultrasonic efficiency
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Proceedings Volume 6346, XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers; 63462X (2007) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.739125
Event: XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 2006, Gmunden, Austria
Abstract
Laser ultrasonics is currently the optimal method for non-destructive testing of composite materials in the aerospace industry. The process is based on a laser-generated ultrasound wave which propagates inside the composite. The response at the material surface is detected and converted into a defect map across the aircraft. The design and optimisation of a laser system for this application is reviewed in this paper, together with the basic science involved. This includes the optimisation of laser parameters, such as output couplers and gas mixture, and the impact these choices have on the laser chemistry. We present a theory for the catalytic recombination of the gas which shows excellent agreement with experiment. Finally, an operating laser system for this application, yielding a six-fold improvement in performance over conventional laser systems, is described.
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Andrew Forbes, Andrew Forbes, Lourens Botha, Lourens Botha, Neil du Preez, Neil du Preez, Tommy Drake, Tommy Drake, } "Influence of laser parameters on laser ultrasonic efficiency", Proc. SPIE 6346, XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 63462X (26 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.739125; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.739125
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