Laser Processing of Engineering Materials

Laser Processing of Engineering Materials

Principles, Procedure and Industrial Application

1st Edition - March 22, 2005

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  • Author: John Ion
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080492803

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The complete guide to understanding and using lasers in material processing!Lasers are now an integral part of modern society, providing extraordinary opportunities for innovation in an ever-widening range of material processing and manufacturing applications. The study of laser material processing is a core element of many materials and manufacturing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. As a consequence, there is now a vast amount of research on the theory and application of lasers to be absorbed by students, industrial researchers, practising engineers and production managers. Written by an acknowledged expert in the field with over twenty years' experience in laser processing, John Ion distils cutting-edge information and research into a single key text. Essential for anyone studying or working with lasers, Laser Processing of Engineering Materials provides a clear explanation of the underlying principles, including physics, chemistry and materials science, along with a framework of available laser processes and their distinguishing features and variables. This book delivers the knowledge needed to understand and apply lasers to the processing of engineering materials, and is highly recommended as a valuable guide to this revolutionary manufacturing technology.

Key Features

  • The first single volume text that treats this core engineering subject in a systematic manner
  • Covers the principles, practice and application of lasers in all contemporary industrial processes; packed with examples, materials data and analysis, and modelling techniques


Senior level undergrad & graduate level students in mechanical, manufacturing, materials processing, metallurgy & materials departments worldwide. Secondary academic readership for optoelectronic & photonics students. Researchers in corporate research laboratories. Design, manufacturing & applications engineers in industries including electronics fabrication, aerospace, automotive, tool & die making, biomedical devices, marking & materials joining industries

Table of Contents

  • Foreward by Professor M.F. Ashby

    1. Introduction
    2. Evolution of Laser Material Processing
    3. Lasers
    4. Systems for Material Processing
    5. Engineering Materials
    6. Laser Processing Diagrams
    7. Athermal Processing
    8. Structural Change
    9. Surface Hardening
    10. Deformation and Fracture
    11. Surface Melting
    12. Cladding
    13. Conduction Joining
    14. Cutting
    15. Marking
    16. Keyhole Welding
    17. Thermal Machining
    18. Opportunities
    Appendix A: Glossary
    Appendix B: Properties of Lasers for Material Processing
    Appendix C: Designations for Metal and Alloys
    Appendix D: Properties of Engineering Materials
    Appendix E: Analytical Equations
    Appendix F: Standards and Guidelines

Product details

  • No. of pages: 576
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2005
  • Published: March 22, 2005
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080492803

About the Author

John Ion

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Australia

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