A CO2 laser was used to modify the surface layer of vacuum plasma sprayed NARloy-Z (Cu-3 wt.%Ag-0.5 wt.%Zr). The laser glazing dramatically reduced voids and cavities originally present in the alloy matrix. In addition, grain boundary precipitates were eliminated. A highly refined microstructure was obtained with extended solid solubility of solute atoms (Ag and Zr) into the matrix. A theoretical model was developed to predict the melt pool depth that occurred during laser glazing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry