Laser Surface Technology in Steel
In a path breaking new age of steel manufacturing incorporating laser technology is a collaborative initiative from ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute of Materials & Beam Technology (IWS) to work on a laser technology that help the partners to use the improved properties of a steel strip surfaces. The collaboration is a part of research work initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is scheduled to be wrapped up by 2017.
In last November, Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH launched its largest joint research program that had seen a contribution of $4.1 Million from the company towards the project. The project group named as Dortmund consists of Fraunhofer IWS and Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH will research mainly on the properties of ferrous steel strip materials, which can influence in a targeted manner by using laser surface treatment technology in an unbroken in-line and wide strip process. By this process it helps the steel formed with an anti-corrosive feature, as an example the laser beam will uniformly heat the steel’s surface area over the entire strip width. But anti-corrosion feature is not the only benefit of this alloying or the surface melting process caused by uniform heating; it’s highly energy efficient and eco friendly as the laser heats only the surface rather the entire volume of the wide strip.
The success of this project depends on the laser system and the beam shaping unit for a brief period heat treatment of coated steel strip scheduled to be used in an illustrative machine at ThyssenKrupp Steel under conditions closely replicating real-life production.
In order to enable these types of short duration surface treatments, a laser system should never be available anywhere in the world to create a length scalable, a uniformed and extremely thin line of light. To cope up this challenge, Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH is engineering a powerful 35KW semiconductor laser system featuring sophisticated beam shaping mechanism with a high beam quality.
Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH is the only company worldwide that uses core competency with a combination of optics design integrated into the laser systems and the materials processing know-how. This property exhibited by the company makes it the most important and reliable partner across the sectors e.g. Automotive Industry, Semiconductor manufacturing, flat panel display technology and production of medical equipment.
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