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Optical penetration sensor for pulsed laser welding

United States Patent

June 13, 2000
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An apparatus and method for determining the penetration of the weld pool created from pulsed laser welding and more particularly to an apparatus and method of utilizing an optical technique to monitor the weld vaporization plume velocity to determine the depth of penetration. A light source directs a beam through a vaporization plume above a weld pool, wherein the plume changes the intensity of the beam, allowing determination of the velocity of the plume. From the velocity of the plume, the depth of the weld is determined.
Essien; Marcelino (Albuquerque, NM), Keicher; David M. (Albuquerque, NM), Schlienger; M. Eric (Albuquerque, NM), Jellison; James L. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 135,513
February 12, 1998
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.