Experimental Investigation on Fiber Laser Cutting of Ti6Al4V Thin Sheet
The high strength to weight ratio and good corrosion resistance of titanium alloys, have led to an increasing use of these materials, particularly in the aerospace industry. The laser cutting technique may be a promising tool in machining titanium alloy parts like those with subsequent welding requirement: in this case, surface quality of the kerf edges is of great importance. The low thermal conductivity and the high chemical activity of titanium alloys lead, in fact, to alterations of the surface properties of the machined zone. This paper presents the results of titanium alloy laser cutting using a 2 kW fiber laser. The cutting process was performed in continuous wave mode and using Argon as shear gas. Laser cuts were realized on titanium alloy Ti6Al4V sheets 1mm thick. Image analysis and microscopy, were carried out to examine the cutting edge quality features including thickness of the recast layer and heat-affected zone.
M.S.J. Hashmi, S. Mridha and S. Naher
L. D. Scintilla et al., "Experimental Investigation on Fiber Laser Cutting of Ti6Al4V Thin Sheet", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 264-265, pp. 1281-1286, 2011