Surface treatment

Direct laser interference patterning can create complex surface micro-structures to decrease ice accumulation on aircraft surfaces. (Image: Fraunhofer IWS).

Laser research projects to increase fuel efficiency of ships and aircraft

A number of ongoing European research projects are using laser technology to structure and clean the surfaces of ships and aircraft in order to improve their fuel efficiency

Lasers can be used to install new electrical, optical and mechanical properties in materials

New centre for laser manufacturing to open in New York

The new centre, dedicated to materials modification, will work closely with firms active in laser manufacturing to help address current manufacturing challenges

A new laser peening system will be installed on-board a Littoral Combat Ship, a lightweight vessel designed for ocean-going and near-shore operations. (MCC Keith DeVinney/U.S. Navy)

Laser peening to treat aluminium plates on naval combat ships

The system will be based on LSP’s Laser Procudo Peening system, which will be installed with a custom-designed beam deck delivery system on-board a Littoral Combat Ship

Coating a brake disc via EHLA (Credit: Fraunhofer ILT/Volker Lannert)

Augmenting automotive production

Keely Portway looks at some of the latest ways laser surface treatment is being used to optimise automotive production

This Lasea system uses two processing heads to direct two halves of a more powerful, single ultrafast pulse to the workpiece in order to increase processing throughput.

Wielding the increasing average power of ultrafast lasers

Matthew Dale explores the advantages of increasing the average power of ultrafast lasers, and discovers how this higher power can be delivered to the workpiece

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