Laser Cutting of Fibrous Quartz Insulation Materials

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Robert Dobbs, Patricia Bishop, Antonio Minardi

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 116(4), 539-544 (Oct 01, 1994) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2904325 History: Received August 21, 1992; Revised December 19, 1993; Online April 29, 2008


An experimental investigation was conducted using a CO2 laser to cut fibrous insulation blankets for the Space Shuttle and high speed aircraft. This investigation was unique in identifying important factors for controlling the cut depth, thus, allowing the laser to be used for making partial cuts in a composite quilt. The investigation determined an algorithm for essential physical parameters used in automating the laser machining of these materials.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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