A comparative study of the surface glaze characteristics of concrete treated with CO2 and high power diode lasers. Part I: glaze characteristics

Lawrence, Jonathan and Li, Lin (2000) A comparative study of the surface glaze characteristics of concrete treated with CO2 and high power diode lasers. Part I: glaze characteristics. Materials Science & Engineering A. Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 284 (1-2). pp. 93-102. ISSN 0921-5093

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0921-5093(00)00770-X

Abstract

This present work describes the differences in the characteristics of glazes generated on the ordinary
Portland cement (OPC) surface of concrete by means of CO2 and high power diode laser (HPDL)
radiation. The value of such an investigation would be to facilitate the hitherto impossible task of
generating a durable and long-lasting surface seal on the concrete, thereby extending the life and
applications base of the concrete. The basic process phenomena are investigated and the laser effects
in terms of glaze morphology, composition, phase and microstructure are presented. Also, the
resultant heat affects are analysed and described. The glaze generated after HPDL interaction was
found be fully amorphous in nature, whilst the glaze generated after CO2 laser interaction was seen to
be of a semi-amorphous structure, with sizeable areas, randomly located within the glaze, displayed a
somewhat regular columnar structure. This is proposed to be due to the differing solidification rates
occasioned by each laser after treatment as a result of differences in the beam absorption lengths.

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Additional Information:This present work describes the differences in the characteristics of glazes generated on the ordinary Portland cement (OPC) surface of concrete by means of CO2 and high power diode laser (HPDL) radiation. The value of such an investigation would be to facilitate the hitherto impossible task of generating a durable and long-lasting surface seal on the concrete, thereby extending the life and applications base of the concrete. The basic process phenomena are investigated and the laser effects in terms of glaze morphology, composition, phase and microstructure are presented. Also, the resultant heat affects are analysed and described. The glaze generated after HPDL interaction was found be fully amorphous in nature, whilst the glaze generated after CO2 laser interaction was seen to be of a semi-amorphous structure, with sizeable areas, randomly located within the glaze, displayed a somewhat regular columnar structure. This is proposed to be due to the differing solidification rates occasioned by each laser after treatment as a result of differences in the beam absorption lengths.
Keywords:CO2 laser, high power diode laser (HPDL), concrete, cement, surface glazing, microstructure, solidification, phase
Subjects:H Engineering > H680 Optoelectronic Engineering
H Engineering > H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:3192
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:12 Aug 2010 16:33
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:44

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