CO2 laser peeling of Al2O3 ceramic and an application for the polishing of laser cut surfaces

Y.Z. Yan, L. Li, T.L. See, L.F. Ji, Y.J. Jiang

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A laser controlled fracture peeling technique is demonstrated to smooth the Al2O3 ceramic surface without thermal damages. It was found that a chip can be separated and curled from the ceramic surface during a focused CO2 continuous wave (CW) laser dual-scanning. The thickness of the curled chip is similar to 50 mu m and the formed subsurface roughness (R-a approximate to 2 mu m) is close to the surface machined by mechanical breaking (R-a = 1.84 mu m). The chip formation is attributed to the controlled fracture by the residual tensile stress in the recast layer, whereas the chip curling only occurs when the melting depth is shallower than the position of lateral cracks. The peeling technique can be applied to polish the cut surface of laser fusion cutting in ceramics. The polished cut surface (R-a = 2.18 mu m) is free from recast, crack and heat effects. The microstructure is similar to the base material. The material removal rate during polishing is up to 0.125 mm(3)/s. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1893-1905
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Ceramic Society. Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


  • Controlled fracture; Peeling; Polishing; Alumina; Finite element modelling; FRACTURE MACHINING TECHNIQUE; ALUMINA; CRACKLESS; THICK; GLASS


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