FOD Prevention with Laser Peening: Webinar Highlight
THE AIR FORCE STUDY THAT GAVE RISE TO LASER PEENING FOR FOD
Posted: June 7, 2017
Mitigating foreign object damage (FOD) in turbine engine blades was one of the first commercial applications of laser peening. In the early 1990s, the U.S. Air Force needed a powerful surface enhancement solution to address fatigue cracking in the F101 engines on the B-1 bomber.
In this live webinar highlight, LSPT Director of Research David Sokol tells the story of a landmark study comparing laser peening with shot peening for FOD prevention in titanium compressor blades. The superior performance of laser peened blades astounded the Air Force and gave birth to a new metal improvement industry.
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