Proton Radiography: real-time images for shock in metals

LSPT experts explore pRad potential for laser peening process

Can you make a movie to show the shock wave created by laser peening as it travels through metal? What would it tell you about how laser peening alters metal structures and adds to fatigue life?

LSP Technology's Micheal Kattoura, Materials Research Engineer, and Stan Bovid, Director of Materials Research, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Proton Radiography conference in Santa Fe.

LSP Technologies Inc.’s Micheal Kattoura, Materials Research Engineer, and Stan Bovid, Director of Materials Research, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Proton Radiography conference in Santa Fe.

While X-rays can’t show laser shock waves in real time due to the density of metals, scientists working in Proton Radiography, also referred to as pRad, can use protons to penetrate dense metals to find out more about how they react to shockwaves and explosions.

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers invited two scientists from LSP Technologies, Inc. (LSPT) to learn more and contribute to the discussion at a workshop entitled “Proton Radiography (pRad) for Materials: Mesoscale and Beyond,” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 27-29.

Stan Bovid, LSPT Director of Materials Research, and Micheal Kattoura, LSPT Materials Research Engineer, attended  the symposium. The LSPT team discussed Laser-Driven Shockwaves in Materials, joining other experts in materials science, as well as specialists in additive manufacturing, proton radiography, shock physics, and mining.
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LSP Technologies grows quickly, looks for larger facilities

Employees who joined LSP Technologies in the last two years now have input into key new initiatives.

Dublin, Ohio – August 16, 2018 – LSP Technologies, Inc. (LSPT), the leader in laser peening systems to enhance metal fatigue life, has added more than 27 engineering and technical support employees over the last two years, doubling in size and spurring the company to seek larger facilities in Central Ohio.

The new staff include optical, mechanical, and materials science engineers, as well as product design and technical project managers with experience in nuclear and fossil power generation, heavy equipment and aviation technologies.

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LSP Technologies’ Portable Laser Peening System combats metal fatigue in hard-to-reach parts

The laser source for the Portable Laser Peening System provides adaptability for fiber optic transmission of the laser beam, as well as a smaller size.

The laser source for the Portable Laser Peening System provides adaptability for fiber optic transmission of the laser beam, as well as a smaller size — less than a meter long.

Fiber optics and custom tools will carry miniaturized laser peening technology to mission-critical components

Dublin, Ohio – August 6, 2018 – LSP Technologies is designing a new portable fiber-optic laser peening system to improve fatigue life and prevent cracking and corrosion for small, hard-to-reach parts in new applications.

The Portable Laser Peening System will include miniature mirrors, lenses, and water injection/extraction mechanisms for complex maintenance, repair, and manufacturing environments. This means the portable system will deliver effective laser peening with lower energy, higher pulse rates, and the maneuverability of fiber optics.

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