20 April 2011 Improvement of mechanical properties and life extension of high reliability structural components by laser shock processing
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Profiting by the increasing availability of laser sources delivering intensities above 109 W/cm2 with pulse energies in the range of several Joules and pulse widths in the range of nanoseconds, laser shock processing (LSP) is being consolidating as an effective technology for the improvement of surface mechanical and corrosion resistance properties of metals and is being developed as a practical process amenable to production engineering. The main acknowledged advantage of the laser shock processing technique consists on its capability of inducing a relatively deep compression residual stresses field into metallic alloy pieces allowing an improved mechanical behaviour, explicitly, the life improvement of the treated specimens against wear, crack growth and stress corrosion cracking. Following a short description of the theoretical/computational and experimental methods developed by the authors for the predictive assessment and experimental implementation of LSP treatments, experimental results on the residual stress profiles and associated surface properties modification successfully reached in typical materials (specifically Al and Ti alloys) under different LSP irradiation conditions are presented. In particular, the analysis of the residual stress profiles obtained under different irradiation parameters and the evaluation of the corresponding induced surface properties as roughness and wear resistance are presented.
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J. L. Ocaña, J. L. Ocaña, M. Morales, M. Morales, J. A. Porro, J. A. Porro, D. Iordachescu, D. Iordachescu, M. Díaz, M. Díaz, L. Ruiz de Lara, L. Ruiz de Lara, C. Correa, C. Correa, } "Improvement of mechanical properties and life extension of high reliability structural components by laser shock processing", Proc. SPIE 8065, SPIE Eco-Photonics 2011: Sustainable Design, Manufacturing, and Engineering Workforce Education for a Green Future, 80650V (20 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.888797; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.888797

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