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High power laser cutting for heavy industry

Objective



This project entails research with the goal to extend laser cutting of steel based metals to thickness' above 20 mm and laser powers in the 10 kW range, with adequate accuracy and economically viable cutting speeds. The technical approach will be to develop mirror based cutting heads with truly coaxially gas jet chamber and laser beam path from the final focusing mirror.

The project consist of three phases:
Phase 1: Fundamental studies of cutting front mechanisms, beam propagation, nozzle design and chemical reactions in te cut kerf with special emphasize on high laser powers and thick sections;
Phase 2: Development of mirror based test cutting heads;
Phase 3: Test and evaluation of the cutting heads on two high power CO2~1asersources in the 6-12 kW power range. The test phase will concentrate on cutting steels, applied in the heavy industry. BE97-4212

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Address
Building 101 A
2800 Lyngby
Denmark

Participants (7)

AGA Aktiebolag
Sweden
Address

181 81 Lidingö
Ansaldo Termosud SpA
Italy
Address
Via Milano
70023 Bari - Gioia Del Colle
Centro Ricerche Fiat ScpA
Italy
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano Torino
Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd
Denmark
Address

5100 Odense C
Rtm - Istituto per le Ricerche di Tecnologia Meccanica e per l'Automazione SpA
Italy
Address
Regione Lime
10080 Torino - Vico Canavese
UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Netherlands
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
WB Laser Wegmann-Baasel Laser und Elektrooptische Geräte
Germany
Address
33,Plankenhofstrasse
81929 München