The Aerospace industry is one of the first industries that have wholly accepted laser cladding. In an aircraft engine, many vital components are laser cladded. This process is used for the manufacture and repair and is industry standard. Also, leading engine manufacturers are introducing 3D printing, cold spray and laser cladding into the aerospace industry.
A variety of degradation problems exist in aircraft engines as a result of metal to metal wear, fretting, hot corrosion, particle erosion plus others. Degradation is accelerated by the high-temperature conditions involved.
Typical Laser Clad components in the aerospace industry:
- Turbine blades (Manufacturer & MRO)
- 3D Printing
- Landing gear