9 March 2015 Fatigue life enhancement of high reliability metallic components by laser shock processing
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Laser shock processing (LSP) is increasingly applied as an effective technology for the improvement of metallic materials mechanical properties in different types of components as a means of enhancement of their mechanical behavior. As reported in the literature, a main effect resulting from the application of the LSP technique consists on the generation of relatively deep compression residual stresses field into metallic alloy pieces allowing the life improvement of the treated specimens against wear, crack growth and stress corrosion cracking. Additional results accomplished by the authors in the line of practical development of the LSP technique at an experimental level (aiming its integral assessment from an interrelated theoretical and experimental point of view) are presented in this paper. Concretely, experimental results on the residual stress profiles and associated mechanical properties modification successfully reached in typical materials under different LSP irradiation conditions are presented along with a practical correlated analysis on the protective character of the residual stress profiles obtained under different irradiation strategies. In this case, the specific behavior of a widely used material in high reliability components (especially in nuclear and biomedical applications) as AISI 316L is analyzed, the effect of possible “in-service” thermal conditions on the relaxation of the LSP effects being specifically characterized.
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J. L. Ocaña, J. L. Ocaña, J. A. Porro, J. A. Porro, M. Díaz, M. Díaz, L. Ruiz de Lara, L. Ruiz de Lara, C. Correa, C. Correa, D. Peral, D. Peral, "Fatigue life enhancement of high reliability metallic components by laser shock processing", Proc. SPIE 9356, High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Lasers, Beam Delivery, Diagnostics, and Applications IV, 93560J (9 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2076125; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2076125

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