Session Details

Session 12: Advances in Surface Finishing

Abstract Number:

62

Removing hazardous coatings can be costly, complicated, and time-‎consuming. Lead, Hex Chrome, ‎and other hazardous coatings can ‎easily cause health concerns if not removed appropriately. Laser ‎‎cleaning offers a solution to this issue by creating a clean work ‎environment where the operator is ‎safe from high exposure levels ‎while also removing the coatings efficiently.‎

Topics:

Advances in Surface Finishing Technology
General Surface ‎Finishing

The nature of this study is to explore the use of laser cleaning on ‎lead paint, hex chrome, nuclear decontamination, and other ‎hazardous coatings. Laser cleaning of hazardous material prevents ‎harmful impacts to operator and environment the coating needs to ‎be removed from. The study shows cases using handheld cleaning ‎lasers on hazardous paints and other coatings on metallic ‎substrates. The hazardous coating is ablated into a vaporous form ‎and extracted immediately into a filter system, preventing the ‎operator from being exposed to harmful levels of hazardous ‎material. Alpha and Beta particles were measured before and after ‎laser cleaning to get an understanding of contamination removal.‎

LASER CLEANING FOR DECON FOR NUCLEAR RADIATION FACILITIES AND HAZARDOUS COATINGS

Tyler O'Neill

Applications Engineer

Adapt Laser