Advances in Laser Materials Processing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781845694746, 9781845699819

Advances in Laser Materials Processing

1st Edition

Technology, Research and Application

Editors: J. Lawrence
eBook ISBN: 9781845699819
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845694746
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 27th July 2010
Page Count: 848
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Overview and challenges for the future: ‘Light’ industry: An introduction to laser processing and its industrial applications; The challenges ahead for laser macro, micro, and nano manufacturing. Part 2 Laser cutting and machining: Laser fusion cutting of difficult materials; Laser-assisted glass cleaving; Laser dicing of silicon and electronics substrates; Laser machining of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic composites. Part 3 Laser welding: Understanding and improving process control in pulsed and continuous wave laser welding; Physical mechanisms controlling keyhole and melt pool dynamics during laser welding; Laser microspot welding in electronics production; Enhancing laser welding capabilities by hybridization or combination with other processes. Part 4 Laser annealing and hardening: Laser transformation hardening of steel; Pulsed laser annealing technology for nanoscale fabrication of silicon-based devices in semiconductors. Part 5 Surface treatment, coating and materials deposition using lasers: The laser induced forward transfer (LIFT) technique for micro-printing; Production of biomaterial coatings by laser-assisted processes; Thick metallic coatings by coaxial and side laser cladding: Processing and properties. Part 6 Laser rapid manufacturing and net-shape engineering: Laser direct metal deposition: Theory and applications in manufacturing and maintenance; Laser consolidation: A rapid manufacturing process for making net-shape functional components; Advances in laser-induced plastic deformation processes. Part 7 Laser micro- and nano-fabrication: Laser ablation; Laser micro/nano-fabrication techniques and their applications in electronics; Laser processing of direct-write nano-sized materials; Micro- and nano-parts generated by laser-based solid freeform fabrication; Laser-assisted additive fabrication of micro-sized coatings. Part 8 Mathematical modelling and control of laser processes: Multiphysics modelling laser solid freeform fabrication techniques; Process control of laser materials processing.


Because of its capacity for continuous development and flexibility of use, the laser has become a mainstream manufacturing tool in many industrial sectors. This timely book relays the state-of-the-art in laser materials processing technology and applications and likely advances to be made from current research taking place around the world. The book also promotes appreciation for laser applications in a variety of industrial sectors.

After two introductory chapters, the book reviews the main areas of laser processing. Starting with laser cutting and machining, the book discusses laser welding, annealing and hardening. It then considers surface treatment, coating and materials deposition as well as other engineering techniques such as peening and net-shape engineering, before discussing laser micro and nano-fabrication techniques. The book concludes by looking at modelling and process control.

With its distinguished editorial team and contributions from renowned researchers working in every corner of the globe, Advances in laser materials processing provides a comprehensive yet detailed coverage of the many topics that comprise the field of laser materials processing. It provides a reference source for the scientists and engineers in such areas as metals processing and microelectronics, as well those conducting laser materials processing research in either academia or industry.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive practitioner guide and reference work explaining state-of-the-art laser processing technologies in manufacturing and other disciplines
  • Explores the challenges, potential and future directions through the continuous development of new, application-specific lasers in materials processing
  • Discusses coatings and material deposition with lasers with including the production of coatings by laser-assisted processes, laser direct metal deposition and laser induced forward transfer (LIFT)


Scientists and engineers in such areas as metals processing and microelectronics, as well those conducting laser materials processing research in either academia or industry


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…most will find this book an excellent vehicle., Materials World

About the Editors

J. Lawrence Editor

Professor Lawrence is currently Director of the Laser Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Centre in the University of Chester, Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Lasers in Engineering and a Member of the Engineering Professors’ Council. He has been active in laser materials processing and associated fields of research for 20 years. His main research contribution has been in the field of the effects of laser radiation on the wettability characteristics of materials; improving the biocompatibility of materials using laser radiation; as well as studying the feasibility of using lasers for the forming of sheet metal and developing a technique for laser ignition in gas turbines. He has presented and published widely in these areas, with eight books, 10 book chapters and over 130 journal papers. His work has yielded six patents relating to the novel use of lasers and laser materials processing and his research income (EPSRC, DTI, international government sources, and national and international industry) amounts to over £3.5 million since 2002, £1.1M since 2010.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Chester, UK