Characterization of air contaminants emitted during laser cutting of carbon fiber-reinforced composite materials


The emission of ultrafine carbonaceous particles during the laser cutting of fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite materials was investigated. The study was based on characterization of air contaminants emitted during laser cutting of an epoxy-based CFRP material with respect to particle size distribution, particle morphology, and chemical composition. Results indicate that about 90% of the total particulate mass is present as fine particulate matter with an aerodynamic cut-off diameter of 0.25 μm, and considerable amounts of ultrafine carbonaceous particulate matter dominated by organic carbon are emitted during high-power laser cutting of CFRP.

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The work was financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (research grants № 14.Z50.31.0023 and 9.3236.2017/4.6) and Federal Target Program 1.3 (agreement № 14.578.21.0245).

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Noskov, A., Thomassen, Y., Berlinger, B. et al. Characterization of air contaminants emitted during laser cutting of carbon fiber-reinforced composite materials. Anal Bioanal Chem 411, 305–313 (2019).

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  • Nanoparticles/nanotechnology
  • Aerosols/particulates
  • Laser cutting
  • Carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials