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Coatings Analysis

Coatings are important surface engineering materials, serving to protect engineering parts against wear, corrosion and oxidation, or to bring some special properties such as high hardness and or low friction. Such materials are fabricated by various industrial processes such as PVD (physical vapour deposition), CVD (chemical vapour deposition), thermal spray, cladding and surface welding, painting, and thermal-chemical treatments like nitriding and carborizing of steels. Since early 1990's, Sheffield Hallam University has made significant research and development both in advanced PVD technologies and in high performance PVD coatings, including projects sponsored by European Union and UK government. Several important coatings are used widely in industry, such as TiN, TiAlN, CrN, TiAlCrYN, CrN/NbN, TiAlN/VN, TiAlCN/VCN and C/Cr. Meanwhile, we have developed a package of analytical methods to characterize the chemical compositions and microstructure of various coatings and and testing techniques to evaluate the mechanical, thermal, chemical and tribological properties. These techniques are available to industry as part of applied research or our consultancy projects.

Below is a list of MERI's capabilities available to serve industrial manufacturers and users of coatings. (Click in for further details)


For more information on coating analysis relating to research and consultancy, please contact Dr. Quanshun Luo


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