Accession Number : ADA113831

Title :   A Study of the Breakdown Mechanism of AISI 304 Stainless Steel, Type 2024 Aluminum and Various Titanium Coatings.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Beelby,Michael Howard ; Ulrich,Henry George , III

PDF Url : ADA113831

Report Date : Dec 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : An investigation, experimental and theoretical, into the breakdown mechanisms and associated minimum power levels required for the breakdown and unipolar arcing was conducted for AISI 304 stainless steel and Type 2024 aluminum. The experiment was conducted using a neodymium-glass Q-switched laser. A system of filters was used to attenuate the irradiance on target to the point at which no damage was discernible following laser-target interaction. Experimental results show that above a certain critical power density, surface breakdown occurs. The primary mechanism of surface damage at the power density threshold is by unipolar arcing. Titanium coated stainless steels were exposed to energy density levels on the order to 5 GW/sq cm. The titanium coatings significantly reduced or eliminated the number of unipolar arcs observed. A model is proposed for the physical processes involved in the first few nanoseconds before breakdown.

Descriptors :   *Coatings, *Metal coatings, Titanium, Stainless steel, Aluminum, Breakdown(Electronic Threshold), Laser target interactions, Plasmas(Physics), Damage, Erosion, Density, Surface analysis, Theses

Subject Categories : Coatings, Colorants and Finishes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE