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Automated overlays for laser peening

Peter A. Gaydos (LSP Technologies Inc., Dublin, Ohio, USA)
Jeff L. Dulaney (LSP Technologies Inc., Dublin, Ohio, USA)

International Journal of Structural Integrity

ISSN: 1757-9864

Article publication date: 30 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Sacrificial opaque overlays used in laser peening provide optimal processing and protect the surface of the part being processed from thermal damage from the laser pulses. Traditional solid film overlays for laser peening often require several applications and the running of multiple partial laser peening sequences in order to completely process the desired surface. This paper aims to discuss an automated overlay system that eliminates these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

LSP Technologies' (LSPT') patented RapidCoater™ automated overlay system provides optimal laser processing and surface protection by providing a conformal opaque layer that is automatically refreshed between each laser pulses. PLC control provides precise timing of the application of the process overlays in synchronization with the laser pulse.

Findings

Use of the RapidCoater system has been shown to reduce processing time by up to five times when compared to using tape overlays. Cost reductions of about 40 percent are also achieved.

Originality/value

LSPT, Inc. invented and developed this proprietary technology to provide its laser peening customers with higher productivity and improved process affordability.

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Citation

Gaydos, P.A. and Dulaney, J.L. (2011), "Automated overlays for laser peening", International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 293-302. https://doi.org/10.1108/17579861111162897

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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