Laser drilling of liquid crystal polymer composite

Tai Man Yue, Kang Cheung Chan

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This investigation studies the laser machining behavior of a glass fiber reinforced liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) composite by using two different types of lasers, namely; pulsed Nd:YAG and excimer. A theoretical model is established to predict the maximum depth-of-drill of the YAG laser machined holes. Moreover, the effects of the YAG laser output parameters on the geometry and the quality of the machined surface of the hole are discussed. The laser machining characteristics of the composite are compared for the two different types of lasers in terms of laser absorptivity. The results show that the glass fiber reinforced LCP has a higher absorption towards UV radiation than infrared light. Scanning electron microscopy examinations were also conducted to assess the surface quality of the machined holes. In YAG laser drilling, a high pulse energy or excessive pulses caused severe carbonization of the surface, and many cracks formed. On the other hand, excimer laser did not cause any significant carbonization of the surface; however, a large number of voids were found in the process affected zone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Composites
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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