Laser Physics

, Volume 22, Issue 8, pp 1364–1367 | Cite as

Alloying aluminum with Fe using laser induced plasma technique

  • Y. A. Alwafi
  • N. Bidin
  • D. Gustiono
  • S. W. HarunEmail author
Novel Methods of Laser Technologies


A new surface modification technique is demonstrated using laser induced plasma (LIP) to increase the hardness of the surface layer. This LIP treatment provides a very high heating and fast cooling mechanism that can be used to form alloyed layer on a material surface. The hardness of the alloyed material is measured and the results show that the alloyed surface is 3 times as hard as the un-treated surface and a single Fe alloyed aluminum surface is harder than the one formed by the mixture of Fe and Cu. The micro-hardness of the alloy increases with the number of pulses at a rate of around 4 HV/pulse. The maximum hardness of 93.0 HV is obtained with the use of single Fe after exposure to 7 pulses of the laser.


Laser Phys Alloyed Surface Aluminum Substrate Alloyed Layer Aluminum Base 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. A. Alwafi
    • 1
  • N. Bidin
    • 1
  • D. Gustiono
    • 1
  • S. W. Harun
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Physics Department, Faculty of ScienceUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaSkudaiJohor, Malaysia
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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