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Investigations of corrosion resistance of laser separated open cell metal

: Baumann, Robert; Herwig, Patrick; Wetzig, Andreas; Beyer, Eckhard


Advanced engineering materials 19 (2017), No.10, Art. 1700107, 17 pp.
ISSN: 1438-1656
ISSN: 1615-7508
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IWS ()

Open cell metal foam contributes promising solutions to the light weight design, battery applications, and renewable energy. Still, challenges are present concerning the cutting into a defined shape. Mechanical processes like milling and grinding create surface smearing on the foam, which leads to a loss of their open cell behavior. Laser remote cutting offers a promising solution in order to overcome those challenges. Their investigations consider that this technique has a high potential concerning cutting speed, which is increased by more than 500% compared to state of the art laser separation techniques. Nevertheless, quality improvements regarding spatter formation and fouling or corrosion resistance has to be investigated. This paper offers insight into the viability of remote laser cutting and how quality aspects can be improved.