14th International Conference on Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies (AMPT), İstanbul, Turkey, 13 - 16 July 2011, vol.445, pp.400-401
Laser cutting of ceramics offers considerable advantages over the conventional cutting methods. Some of these advantages include precision of operation, high speed processing and low cost. In addition, cutting process is independent of the mechanical properties of the ceramic material such as hardness and fracture toughness. Alumina is one of the widely used ceramics in industry due to their resistance to harsh environments. Laser cutting of alumina requires high laser power due to high latent heat of melting and elevated melting temperature. In efficient laser cutting process, the low laser power is required. Consequently, for optimum laser cutting conditions of alumina tiles, the thermal efficiency of the cutting process may not be a maximum. The optimum laser cutting parameters provide crack free and parallel edge cuts. Therefore, investigation into laser cutting of alumina ties and the efficiency analysis becomes essential. In the present study, laser cutting of alumina tiles with 3 mm thickness is carried out and thermodynamic analysis associated with the efficiency analysis is introduced. The lump parameter method is incorporated in the thermodynamic analysis. The optimum cutting conditions are then related to the first and second law efficiencies.