Laser Cleaning of Corroded Steel Surfaces: A Comparison with Mechanical Cleaning Methods
Conservation often requires the removal of oxide layers from metal artifacts and new cleaning methods are being developed all the time. This paper provides a quantitative comparison of eight cleaning methods, three of which are mechanical (brushing or micro-blasting with Al2O3 or glass beads) and five of which are laser dependent (TEA CO2 or Nd:YAG laser, with or without surface water). Surface profilometry and scanning electron microscopy have been used to compare the cleaned surfaces with the original, known, surface geometries.
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