Analysis of induced effects in matter during pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding by flash radiography

Pascal, G.; Nore´, D.; Girard, K.; Perret, O.; Naudy, P.
May 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 509 Issue 1, p1349
Academic Journal
Tantalum and TA6V (titanium alloy) are respectively used in corrosive chemical product containers and in aircraft and aerospace industries. The objective of this study was to analyze the dynamic behavior of the matter during deep laser spot welding of these materials. The obtained images should allow a better understanding of laser-matter interaction and should validate a model developed for porosities formation. Because of the afterglow of detectors, classical video x-ray systems are not suitable for the analysis of short dynamic effects during and after the laser pulse. An experimental device, based on a flash x-ray generator EUROPULSE 600 kV and a QUANTEL pulsed Nd:YAG laser, has been used. The flash x-ray generator is triggered, after a programmed delay, by the laser shot. The x-ray pulse duration is 30 ns. Welding parameters (pulse duration and energy) yield molten zones of 2 mm depth. Both materials, tantalum and TA6V, have been tested. Radiological films BIOMAX coupled with radioluminescent screens and direct exposure film (DEF) were respectively used for tantalum and TA6V samples. A fine collimation was studied to avoid the scattering effect in the material and in the radioluminescent screen. Radiological test samples, made of tantalum and TA6V, were performed to estimate the images qualities obtained by flash radiography. About 270 laser/x-rays shots were performed. The radiographic images have been digitalized and processed. The results show a deep and narrow capillary hole called “keyhole” which appears a few milliseconds after the beginning of the interaction. The “keyhole” hollows until the end of the laser pulse. After the end of the laser pulse, the molten bath collapses in less than 1 ms, trapping cavities. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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