J. Walter
A. Brodeßer
M. Hustedt
S. Blümel
P. Jäschke
S. Kaierle

Laser Processing of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics – Release of Carbon Fiber Segments During Short-pulsed Laser Processing of CFRP

Physics Procedia
Type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz (reviewed)
Cutting and ablation using short-pulsed laser radiation are promising technologies to produce or repair CFRP components with outstanding mechanical properties e.g. for automotive and aircraft industry. Using sophisticated laser processing strategies and avoiding excessive heating of the workpiece, a high processing quality can be achieved. However, the interaction of laser radiation and composite material causes a notable release of hazardous substances from the process zone, amongst others carbon fiber segments or fibrous particles. In this work, amounts and geometries of the released fiber segments are analyzed and discussed in terms of their hazardous potential. Moreover, it is investigated to what extent gaseous organic process emissions are adsorbed at the fiber segments, similar to an adsorption of volatile organic compounds at activated carbon, which is typically used as filter material.