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Laser-induced self-organizing microstructures on steel for joining with polymers

 
: Straeten, K. van der; Burkhardt, I.; Olowinsky, A.; Gillner, A.

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Physics procedia 83 (2016), S.1137-1144
ISSN: 1875-3892
ISSN: 1875-3884
International Conference on Laser Assisted Net Shape Engineering (LANE) <9, 2016, Fürth>
International Conference on Photonic Technologies <2016, Fürth>
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer ILT ()

Abstract
The combination of different materials such as thermoplastic composites and metals is an important way to improve lightweight construction. As direct connections between these materials fail due to their physical and chemical properties, other joining techniques are required. A new joining approach besides fastening and adhesive joining is a laser-based two-step process. Within the first step the metal surface is modified by laser-microstructuring. In order to enlarge the boundary surface and create undercuts, random self-organizing microstructures are generated on stainless steel substrates. In a second process step both joining partners, metal and composite, are clamped together, the steel surface is heated up with laser radiation and through heat conduction the thermoplastic matrix is melted and flows into the structures. After cooling-down a firm joint between both materials is created. The presented work shows the influence of different laser parameters on the generation of the microstructures. The joint strength is investigated through tensile shear strength tests.

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