Development of Adhesion Durability Evaluation of Surface Coatings Using Repeated Laser Shock-wave Adhesion Test


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This study aims to evaluate coating adhesion durability using the laser shock-wave adhesion test (LaSAT). In particular, the interfacial strength with respect to the applied loading cycle is evaluated quantitatively. This method uses strong elastic waves induced by pulsed laser irradiation, as interfacial fracture of the coating occurs due to a strong wave. The coating delamination can be identified from changes in the out-of-plane displacement waveform, yielding a critical laser energy for coating delamination. Subsequently, computation of elastic wave propagation using the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method was carried out to estimate the tensile stress developed at the coating/substrate interface, yielding the interfacial strength. In addition, the durability of interfacial adhesion was investigated by repeated LaSATs. Repetitive lower stress loading was applied to the interface using repeated laser irradiations. It was found that repetitive loading encourages interfacial fracture, which has a stress level lower than that of single (monotonic) laser irradiation. For various levels of irradiation laser energy, the interfacial adhesion durability was investigated. This result may be useful for evaluating adhesion durability when a coating/film is used under cyclic loading over a long-time duration. © 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number87
JournalJournal of Nondestructive Evaluation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This work is supported by the JSPS KAKENHI (Grant No. 17K06062) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and by a research grant from The AMADA FOUNDATION (Grant No. AF-2017023).


  • Adhesion durability
  • Coatings
  • Delamination detection
  • Laser shock-wave adhesion test (LaSAT)
  • Repeated pulsed laser irradiation


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