Laser texturing of materials and surface hydrophobicity

B. S. Yilbas*

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In the present study, laser surface texturing of polycarbonate sheet, alumina tile, and phosphorous bronze coupons are presented. The laser-treated layer characteristics, including surface morphology and hydrophobicity, treated layer metallurgy, microhardness, and residual stress formed are assessed using the analytical tools. The findings revealed that all the substrate materials considered are free from surface asperities and defect sites, such as large cavities and micro-cracks, after the laser treatment process. Laser texturing forms micro-/nano-poles at the surface. The use of high-pressure nitrogen assisting gas causes nitride species formation at the surface while lowering the surface energy. Micro-/nano-size texture and low surface energy significantly improves the hydrophobicity of the laser-textured surface. The residual stress determined is compressive and less than the yielding limit of the substrate materials textured.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSurface Coating Processes
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128032503
ISBN (Print)9780128032497
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Ablation
  • Laser texturing
  • Micro/nano texture
  • Residual stress
  • Surface hydrophobicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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