Title

Laser Welding Control

Abstract

In laser welding of metallic workpieces, the energetic beam is moved over the workpiece surface to form a pool of molten weld metal that quickly solidifies behind the advance of the laser into a weld nugget. The laser beam produces a keyhole of plasma-containing vapor within the molten pool. Weld nugget porosity, due to entrapment of the vapor, is minimized by continually sensing radiation from the molten metal pool to determine pool depth and width and then controlling laser power and speed to continually produce a weld metal pool wide enough for the liquid to fully expel the vapor and solidify into a pore free nugget.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Patent Number

10/894,414

Document Type

Patent

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2004 The Curators of the University of Missouri, All rights reserved.

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