Investigation of striation formation in thin stainless steel tube during pulsed Nd:YAG laser cutting process by numerical simulation

Byoung Cheol Kim, To Hoon Kim, Yangsoo Jang, Kwang Hoe Chung

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The formation of a striation pattern in a thin stainless steel tube was investigated by numerical simulation during a pulsed Nd:YAG laser cutting process. The simulated results were compared with the experimental results, which were performed under the same conditions for simulation. The simulated results showed good agreement with the experimental results. Although the formation of the striation pattern was influenced by various laser parameters, the laser power density had become the most important factor in the formation of striation patterns, since the laser power density is the most influential in the heating of metal, and the striation formation is caused by the ejection of molten metal and evaporation during laser cutting process. Although a high power density resulted in clear regular striation patterns, relatively low power density caused the formation of a hot spot, which hindered the formation of regular striation patterns and caused less striation. The numerical simulation calculations can be used to predict the shape of striation patterns and to offer a way to provide a smooth cut wall.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2623-2632
Number of pages10
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Oct


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys

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