A range of space-compatible products requires the joining of optical (e.g. glass, crystal etc.) to structural components (e.g. metals), however interlayers (glue, solder, frit etc.) often generate their own issues. The use of an ultrashort pulsed laser for welding can solve this problem. By focusing the laser through the optical material and onto the metal it is possible to achieve fusion welding with a heat affected zone (HAZ) limited to only a few 100 µm. The UltraWeld (Innovate UK project) is developing this novel process from a laboratory to industry ready capability. In this talk I will present an overview commenting on both the strengths and the weaknesses of the process as an industrial process.
|Publication status||Published - 3 May 2019|
|Event||Made For Space - MTC, Coventry, United Kingdom|
Duration: 2 May 2019 → 3 May 2019
|Conference||Made For Space|
|Period||2/05/19 → 3/05/19|