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The effect of continuous and pulsed beam modes on cut path deviation in diode laser cutting of glass

Nisar, Salman and Li, Lin and Sheikh, Mohammad A. and Pinkerton, Andrew J. (2010) The effect of continuous and pulsed beam modes on cut path deviation in diode laser cutting of glass. International journal of advanced manufacturing technology, 49 (1-4). pp. 167-175. ISSN 0268-3768

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Abstract

During laser cleaving of brittle materials, with the controlled fracture technique, thermal stresses are generated which induce the crack and extend it along the cutting path, subsequently causing material separation. One of the problems in laser cutting of glass with this technique is the cut path deviation at the leading and the trailing edges of the glass sheet. Previous work with a continuous beam diode laser has shown the deviation to be partly due the high magnitudes of thermal stresses generated near the edges of the sheet. This paper reports on the effects of using a pulsed diode laser to cut soda lime glass. The effect of pulse parameters and cutting speed on the quality output variables such as cut deviation angle and surface finish are studied. Finite element modelling is also used to simulate the effects of the moving beam on stress generations to facilitate the understanding of the process mechanisms, and the results are compared with the experimental data. This work shows how to minimise the cut path deviation at the edges by reducing thermal stresses using optimum pulsed diode laser parameters and providing additional flexibility to the process.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International journal of advanced manufacturing technology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laser cutting ; Glass ; Controlled fracture technique ; Cut path deviation ; Finite element method
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Engineering
ID Code: 59512
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2012 15:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 05:34
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59512

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