Experimental analysis of laser stripping effects on thin composites

E. W. Reutzel, K. Knock, M. R. Wool, K. C. Meinert

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Abstract

Currently, orbital hand sanding is used to remove paint from composite rotor blades during refurbishment operations. This method is time consuming, expensive, generates significant hazardous waste, and often results in secondary damage to the blade. Safe, effective removal of paint can be achieved using laser processing techniques. This work presents the results of a test program to characterize the various affects the process has on fiberglass-epoxy composite, and to provide a direct comparison to hand sanding techniques where appropriate. Tests include thermal effects using embedded high bandwidth thermocouples, paint adhesion testing, tensile testing, and others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
EventICALEO 2006 - 25th International Congress on Applications of Laser and Electro-Optics - Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2006Nov 2 2006

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OtherICALEO 2006 - 25th International Congress on Applications of Laser and Electro-Optics
CountryUnited States
CityScottsdale, AZ
Period10/30/0611/2/06

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Reutzel, E. W., Knock, K., Wool, M. R., & Meinert, K. C. (2006). Experimental analysis of laser stripping effects on thin composites. Paper presented at ICALEO 2006 - 25th International Congress on Applications of Laser and Electro-Optics, Scottsdale, AZ, United States.