The chapters present the problems of stresses and strains induced in metals and nonmetals in the processes of laser heating, analyze the results, offer the ways of laser treatment that dispense with subsequent machining operations, and describe the basic approaches to increase the strength of materials during laser heating. Other topics include the practical methods of implementing the processes of laser welding, cutting, hardening, alloying, and cladding (hardfacing).
Basics of Laser Material Processing is designed for scientific workers and for those students in senior- and graduate-level courses.
Basic Theory of Laser Processing: Types of Industrial Lasers. Focusing of Laser Radiation. Laser-Induced Plasma Effects. Thermal Processes in Laser-Metal Interaction Zones. Laser-Induced Stresses and Strains in Metals. Strength of Laser-Treated Metals. Laser Technology: Welding. Cutting of Nonmetals. Cutting of Metals. Surface Hardening. Surface Alloying and Cladding. References.