An overall view of the thermal cutting processes most widely used in the West German steel consuming industries is presented. Details are given of the Messer Griesheim range of equipment, i.e. stationary machines with mechanical guiding systems, machines using photo-electrical control with coordinate drives, and numerically-controlled machines. The principles of laser cutting and plasma cutting are discussed and some new developments are briefly described. Because of their high power consumption, both air plasma and water injection plasma have found relatively limited use in Europe so far, although with pollution requirements becoming more stringent, they may find greater acceptance. In contrast, the Messer Griesheim CO2 gas laser with a folded optical resonator is relatively small and has advantageous power/weight output characteristics. Some practical applications of laser beam cutting are described.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Engineering, Chemical and Marine Press, Limited

    33-39 Bowling Green Lane
    London EC1P 1AH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hirschberg, H
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 9 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00153035
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1977 12:00AM