High-power laser cutting is extensively used in many industrial applications. An important weakness of this process is the formation of striations (regular lines down the cut surface), which affect the quality of the surfaces produced. The elimination of striation formation is of considerable importance, since it could open up a variety of novel high-precision applications. This study presents the results of oxygen-assisted laser cutting of EN43 mild steel sheets, using a high-power fibre laser. Striation-free laser cuts are demonstrated for cutting of 1 and 2 mm thick mild steel sheets. The optimal operating windows are presented and a mathematical method is proposed to estimate the critical speed at which striation free cut can be obtained.
Elimination of striation in laser cutting of mild steel
M. Sobih, P. L. Crouse, L. Li; November 27–30, 1990. "Elimination of striation in laser cutting of mild steel." Proceedings of the International Laser Safety Conference. ICALEO® 2007: 26th International Congress on Laser Materials Processing, Laser Microprocessing and Nanomanufacturing. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. (pp. 1404). ASME. https://doi.org/10.2351/1.5061006
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