Influence of Elemental Compositions in Laser Cleaning for Automotive Coating Systems
Laser coating removal is an approach that has the potential to replace conventional chemical-based stripping methods in industry. In addition to the laser parameters, the efficiency of this cleaning technique depends also on the coating system itself. For this reason, we study the influence of the elemental compositions of two Malaysian automotive coated substrates, referred to here as A and B, on laser coating removal mechanisms using the Cynosure Cynergy Nd:YAG laser. The optimum laser coating removal efficiencies for both samples A and B are determined based on the depths of 360 craters obtained using a given formula. Selected crater depths on both of the stipulated samples are then subjected to energy dispersive X-ray analysis to determine their elemental compositions. The results indicate that sample A, which has higher aluminum content, shows greater efficiency in coating system removal, with balanced carbon and oxygen compositions aiding coating reduction during the cleaning process.
Keywordslaser cleaning Nd:YAG laser energy dispersive X-ray analysis coating systems
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