Laser Maodification of the Wettability Characteristics of Engineering Materials makes extensive and comparative studies of the behavior and properties of composite, ceramic, metallic, and polymeric materials. The final chapter, practical applications of the use of lasers in modifying material behavior, is particularly useful as it puts this cutting edge research in industrial context.
The authors have extended the scope of their industrially based research to present a very useful, coherent source for engineers. This excellen volume will be of great value to all those engineers and materials technologists working in industry or research institutions interested in the latest developments of property manipulation. Tribologists, surface technologists, those concerned with protective coatings and bonding materials, as well as anyone interested in laser technology, opt–electronics, marking, and laser engraving will find Laser Modification a useful guide.
Chapter 1 Laser Fundamentals and Contemporary Industrial Lasers.
1.1 Laser operating principles.
1.2 Contemporary industrial lasers.
1.3 Laser beam properties.
Chapter 2 Basic Background Theory of Wettability, Adhesion, and Bonding.
2.2 Wetting and contact angle.
2.3 Surface energy and the dispersive/polar characteristics.
2.4 The bonding of liquids and solids.
Chapter 3 Laser Surface Modification of Selected Composite Materials for Improved Wettability Characteristics.
3.2 Experimental procedures.
3.3 The effects of high–power diode laser radiation on the wettability characteristics of ordinary Portland cement.
3.4 The effects of laser radiation on the wettability and bonding characteristics of the Al2O3/SiO2–based composite material.
Chapter 4 High–Power Diode Laser Modifications of Selected Engineering Ceramic Materials for Improved Wettability Characteristics.
4.2 Experimental procedures.
4.3 High–power diode laser modification of the wettability characteristics of selected engineering ceramic materials.
4.4 Discussion of high–power diode laser wettability characteristics modification.
Chapter 5 Laser Modification of Selected Metallic Materials for Improved Wettability Characteristics.
5.2 Experimental procedures.
5.3 Effects of laser radiation on the wettability characteristics.
5.4 Discussion of laser–effected modification of wettability characteristics.
5.5 Bonding mechanisms between the high–power diode laser–treated mild steel and enamel.
Chapter 6 Laser Modification of Selected Polymer Materials for Improved Wettability Characteristics.
6.2 Experimental procedures.
6.3 Effects of laser radiation on wettability characteristics.
6.4 Discussion of laser–effected wettability characteristics modification.
Chapter 7 Practical Applications of Lasers for the Modification of Wettability Characteristics.
7.2 A two–stage ceramic tile grout sealing process.
7.3 The enamelling of ordinary Portland cement by means of high–power diode laser radiation.
7.4 The enamelling of carbon steel by means of high–power diode laser radiation.
Chapter 8 Conclusions.
PROFESSOR LIN LI is the director of the Laser Processing Research Centre at UMIST. His research interests include: laser machining and drilling, rapid prototyping, laser surface engineering, and mathematical modelling.