An Evaluation of the use of Laser-Vibration Melting to Increase the Surface Roughness of Metal Objects
Archives of Metallurgy and Materials
This paper presents preliminary, experimental results of a new, hybrid method of increasing the surface roughness of metal objects. In this new approach, metal objects are melted with a mobile laser beam while they are being rotated. A vibration generator provides circular vibrations with an amplitude of 3 mm, and the vibration plane is perpendicular to the moving laser beam. The melting tests were performed using flat carbon steel samples at a predetermined frequency of circular vibrations.
... ular vibrations. The effects of laser power and laser beam scanning velocity on the melted shapes were studied. All laser melting procedures were performed at a vibration frequency of 105 Hz. The melted samples were subjected to microscopic evaluation and the Ra parameter, which characterises mean roughness, was measured using a profilometer. Melting metal samples with physically smooth surfaces (Ra = 0.21 µm) resulted in surface structures of varied roughness values, with Ra ranging from 5 µm to approximately 58 µm. The studies were undertaken to employ this technology for the purpose of passive heat exchange intensification of heating surfaces in practical applications.