Hybrid Laser Processing for Metallic Surface Remanufacturing
The goal of this project is to develop a novel remanufacturing strategy using hybrid laser surface processing for effective removal of corrosion and coatings and fast repair of metallic surfaces. In specific, laser surface ablation will be used to remove coating/corrosion, while laser surface remelting will be applied to repair surface defects (cracks and wear damages) to restore the surface integrity. The outcomes of this research will yield a prototype robot-integrated hybrid laser system that can be used for surface remanufacturing of components with complex geometry. This project's energy savings are estimated at 16.5MJ/kg of reman product.