The Theory of Laser Materials Processing

Heat and Mass Transfer in Modern Technology

  • John Dowden
  • Wolfgang Schulz

Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 119)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. John Dowden
    Pages 1-24
  3. Wolfgang Schulz, Markus Nießen, Urs Eppelt, Kerstin Kowalick
    Pages 25-72
  4. Wolfgang Schulz
    Pages 73-88
  5. Alexander Kaplan
    Pages 89-112
  6. John Dowden
    Pages 113-151
  7. Wolfgang Schulz, Urs Eppelt
    Pages 153-188
  8. Ian Richardson
    Pages 189-239
  9. Frank Brückner, Dietrich Lepski
    Pages 263-306
  10. Thomas Pretorius
    Pages 307-340
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 427-432

About this book


The revised edition of this important reference volume presents an expanded overview of the analytical and numerical approaches employed when exploring and developing modern laser materials processing techniques. The book shows how general principles can be used to obtain insight into laser processes, whether derived from fundamental physical theory or from direct observation of experimental results. The book gives readers an understanding of the strengths and limitations of simple numerical and analytical models that can then be used as the starting-point for more elaborate models of specific practical, theoretical or commercial value.

Following an introduction to the mathematical formulation of some relevant classes of physical ideas, the core of the book consists of chapters addressing key applications in detail: cutting, keyhole welding, drilling, arc and hybrid laser-arc welding, hardening, cladding and forming. The second edition includes a new a chapter on glass cutting with lasers, as employed in the display industry.

A further addition is a chapter on meta-modelling, whose purpose is to construct fast, simple and reliable models based on appropriate sources of information. It then makes it easy to explore data visually and is a convenient interactive tool for scientists to improve the quality of their models and for developers when designing their processes. As in the first edition, the book ends with an updated introduction to comprehensive numerical simulation.

Although the book focuses on laser interactions with materials, many of the principles and methods explored can be applied to thermal modelling in a variety of different fields and at different power levels. It is aimed principally however at academic and industrial researchers and developers in the field of laser technology.


laser materials processing theory laser keyhole welding mathematical modelling of laser materials interaction metallurgy of welding laser drilling laser glass cutting simulation of laser materials interaction hybrid laser-arc welding mathematics of laser materials processing

Editors and affiliations

  • John Dowden
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Schulz
    • 2
  1. 1.Mathematical SciencesUniversity of EssexColchesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Fraunhofer-Institut für LasertechnikRWTH AachenAachenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-56710-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-56711-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0933-033X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-2812
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