Advanced Fiber Laser Perforation Technology for Thermoplastic Pre-Preg Material
A study concerning the application of fiber laser to perforate thermoplastic pre-pregs is presented. An IPG fiber laser was used to drill arrays of holes in PEKK carbon-fiber composite pre-preg material. Perforated holes were of the order of 100μm. The effects of laser perforation process parameters including the number of pulses on the geometry of the resultant holes and the thermal damage to the matrix and fibres have been investigated. Dimensional analysis and experimental results have been used to construct the laser perforation process model. Keywords: Laser perforation; Fibre laser; Process modelling; Polymer matrix composites.
Michael N. Morgan, Andrew Shaw and Otar Mgaloblishvili
A.A. Kutin and M.V. Turkin, "Advanced Fiber Laser Perforation Technology for Thermoplastic Pre-Preg Material", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 496, pp. 36-43, 2012