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Thermal investigation of interaction between high-power CW-laser radiation and a water-jet

 
: Brecher, C.; Janssen, H.; Eckert, M.; Schmidt, F.

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Physics procedia 83 (2016), pp.317-327
ISSN: 1875-3892
ISSN: 1875-3884
International Conference on Photonic Technologies <2016, Fürth>
English
Journal Article, Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IPT ()

Abstract
The technology of a water guided laser beam has been industrially established for micro machining. Pulsed laser radiation is guided via a water jet (diameter: 25-250 μm) using total internal reflection. Due to the cylindrical jet shape the depth of field increases to above 50 mm, enabling parallel kerfs compared to conventional laser systems. However higher material thicknesses and macro geometries cannot be machined economically viable due to low average laser powers. Fraunhofer IPT has successfully combined a high-power continuous-wave (CW) fiber laser (6 kW) and water jet technology. The main challenge of guiding high-power laser radiation in water is the energy transferred to the jet by absorption, decreasing its stability. A model of laser water interaction in the water jet has been developed and validated experimentally. Based on the results an upscaling of system technology to 30 kW is discussed, enabling a high potential in cutting challenging materials at high qualities and high speeds.

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