Journal Article Femtosecond laser peening of 2024 aluminum alloy without a sacrificial overlay under atmospheric conditions

Sano, Tomokazu  ,  Eimura, Takayuki  ,  Kashiwabara, Ryota  ,  Matsuda, Tomoki  ,  Isshiki, Yutaro  ,  Hirose, Akio  ,  Tsutsumi, Seiichiro  ,  Arakawa, Kazuto  ,  Hashimoto, Tadafumi  ,  Masaki, Kiyotaka  ,  Sano, Yuji

29 ( 1 )  , pp.012005-1 - 012005-7 , 2017-02 , Laser Institute of America
The authors have successfully performed femtosecond laser peening on a 2024 aluminum alloy without any sacrificial overlays. Laser pulses were directly irradiated to the surface of specimens in the air without water film as a plasma confinement medium during the peening treatment. The fatigue life was improved as much as 38 times in comparison with base material at a stress amplitude of 195 MPa. The fatigue strength of the peened specimen after 2 × 10^6 cycles was 58 MPa larger than that of the base material. The femtosecond laser peening process has a great potential to be applied in various fields where conventional peening methods cannot be used, as this process can be performed under ambient conditions without the use of a plasma confinement medium such as water or transparent materials.

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