Education - Chair of Laser Processing

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Laser material processing

  • Master course
  • Course code: 191137400
  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Content: This course addresses the use of high power laser sources (typically 50W and more) for the processing of materials (mainly metals). After an introduction to the generation and properties of laser radiation, laser sources, and physical phenomena governing laser-material interaction (absorption and heat transfer), the course focusses on the use, advantages and benefits of the laser as a production tool. Not only, conventional processes like laser-cutting, -welding and surface treatment are discussed, but also relatively new processes like micro-processing, on micro- and nano-meter scale are studied. To fully exploit the advantages of the laser as a production tool, an existing product might need to be redesigned Therefore the concept of “Design for Laser” is addressed in this course. The laser(source) and laser-material-processing are highly flexible, allowing a high degree of automation. Therefore process-control (real-time feedback) is discussed. Four practical assignments, in which small groups of students work on experiments with industrial state-of-the-art high-power laser equipment, are part of the course.
  • Link to Osiris (2016): Laser Material Processing

Experimental Methods

  • Master course
  • Course code: 201400046
  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Content: This course gives the student the tools necessary to design, prepare and work out an experimental test program, in all aspects involved in such an exercise. The need for such a test program can be to evaluate material or structural behaviour, or to validate a numerical model, or even to estimate the physical parameters to be taken into account in a numerical model. The methodology proposed involves four main steps; a pre-analysis of the subject, the preparation of the set-up, the instrumentation and the specimens, the performance of the tests and the post-analysis of the results. These steps will be described and illustrated during a series of lectures. Besides, certain specialties will be highlighted during series of lectures. It concerns the application to a specific domain, that of vibrations, but also the particularities of certain types of material, Composites and elastomers. Some attention will also be paid to a specific analysis tool, microscopy.The second quartile is spent on an individual assignment, which will be defined by one or by a combination of different specialisations within MS3. This assignment will be finalised by a symposium, where the students will present their findings, and assessed by a report.
  • Link to Osiris (2016): Experimental Methods

3D printing - Processes and use

  • Master course
  • Course code: 201400103
  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Content: 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a group of processes that has been around for 40+ years but recently has gained a lot of interest. By manufacturing products layer by layer this group of processes opens possibilities to create very complex products at minimal labour costs. But there are 100+ process variants, each with its own process characteristics, material use and typical usage. This course will elaborate on 3D printing in general and on more specific printing processes as can be found in research and industry. Upon completion of the course the student will be prepared to select the right additive process for his/her purpose, is able to optimize designs for 3d printing and is prepared to investigate 3D printing processes to further develop new process variants.
  • Link to Osiris (2016): 3D Printing - processes and use