This present work describes the differences in the characteristics of glazes generated on the ordinary Portland cement (OPC) surface of concrete by means of CO2 and high power diode laser (HPDL) radiation. The value of such an investigation would be to facilitate the hitherto impossible task of generating a durable and long-lasting surface seal on the concrete, thereby extending its life and applications base. The basic process phenomena are investigated and the laser effects in terms of glaze morphology, composition, phase and microstructure are presented. Also, the resultant heat affects are analysed and described. The glaze generated after HPDL interaction was found be fully amorphous in nature, whilst the glaze generated after CO2 laser interaction was seen to be of a semi-amorphous structure, with sizeable areas, randomly located within the glaze, displaying a somewhat regular columnar structure. This is proposed to be due to the differing solidification rates occasioned by each laser after treatment as a result of differences in the beam absorption lengths.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Materials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing|
|Early online date||28 Apr 2000|
|Publication status||Published - 31 May 2000|
- CO2 laser
- high power diode laser (HPDL)
- surface glazing