Laser cutting of laminated sheet material: a modeling exercise

R.F. de Graaf, J. Meijer

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Laser cutting has been investigated for a number of aluminum-synthetic laminates, newly developed materials for the aeronautic and automotive industry. The materials consist of alternating aluminum and synthetic layers. It is shown that these materials can be cut at rates comparable to those of homogeneous aluminum alloys. The cuts show little dross attachment. Also some damage on the synthetic layers has to be accepted. These results initiated a modeling exercise, which resulted in a numerical simulation code. The applied cutting model is based on describing the material in several horizontal layers, each with its own specific thermophysical and optical properties. The separate layers are coupled by known mass, energy and force balanced equations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLasers in Material Processing LASER '97
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA, USA
ISBN (Print)0-8194-2517-6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 1997
EventLasers in Material Processing, Munich, Germany: Lasers in Material Processing - Bellingham, WA, USA
Duration: 16 Jun 199720 Jun 1997

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceLasers in Material Processing, Munich, Germany
CityBellingham, WA, USA


  • IR-96141
  • METIS-145066


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