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Narrow gap laser welding

United States Patent

*** EXPIRED ***
June 2, 1998
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A laser welding process including: (a) using optical ray tracing to make a model of a laser beam and the geometry of a joint to be welded; (b) adjusting variables in the model to choose variables for use in making a laser weld; and (c) laser welding the joint to be welded using the chosen variables.
Milewski; John O. (Santa Fe, NM), Sklar; Edward (Santa Fe, NM)
The Regents of the University of Calif. (Oakland, CA)
08/ 554,139
November 6, 1995
TECHNICAL FIELD This invention relates to laser welding. This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.