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Microstructural Characteristics of Cement-Based Materials Fabricated Using Multi-Mode Fiber Laser
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High-Power Fiber Laser Cutting for 50-mm-Thick Cement-Based Materials

Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Kongju National University, Cheonan 31080, Korea
School of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan 44919, Korea
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Materials 2020, 13(5), 1113;
Received: 23 January 2020 / Revised: 21 February 2020 / Accepted: 25 February 2020 / Published: 2 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Design for Manufacturing Processes)
This experimental research highlights the applicability of laser cutting to cement-based materials using multimode fiber lasers. A 9 kW multimode fiber laser is used, and the experimental variables are the water-to-cement ratio, laser speed, and material compositions such as cement paste, cement mortar and ultra high performance concrete (UHPC). The laser cutting performance on the cement-based materials is investigated in the downward laser direction. The kerf width and penetration depth of the cement-based materials are quantitatively evaluated with the parameters in the surface and cross section of the specimens after the laser cutting. Moreover, the material removal zone of each specimen is compared in terms of the penetration shapes in the cross-sectional view. Based on experimental observations, the interaction mechanism between the laser and cement-based materials is proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: laser cutting; multimode fiber laser; cement-based material; elliptical hole laser cutting; multimode fiber laser; cement-based material; elliptical hole
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Seo, Y.; Lee, D.; Pyo, S. High-Power Fiber Laser Cutting for 50-mm-Thick Cement-Based Materials. Materials 2020, 13, 1113.

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