Coatings and Tribology Features

Surface engineering has never been more important to engineering. Our editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, views and opinions about coating technology and surface engineering. Find out how to optimise the materials you use to get the most out of them from longer life, to better performance.

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23/02/2017

A low cost nano-coating to protect electronic devices from water

The smartphone market has grown on average 32% a year for the last decade, making it one of the fastest growing areas of consumer technology on the planet. The impact of the smartphone has fundamentally changed how we interact socially and has become the technology interface for everything from cars to thermostats to wearables.  Read More

07/06/2016

The world’s blackest material makes its debut in space on board a micro satellite’s star tracker, but what are the benefits?

It’s the material that has spurred the Spinal Tap inspired headline the world over, ‘None more black’. Officially the world’s blackest material, VantaBlack from Brighton based Surrey Nano Systems is moving well beyond development following the materials unveiling some two years ago.   Read More

08/03/2016

Clean skies: Nasa research for green future aircraft and plane design

Nasa targets some ambitious reductions in aircraft emissions and has piloted some seemingly bizarre to outright amazing concepts. In all cases, materials innovation remains key.  Read More

08/03/2016

Graphene in car engine's oil benefits lubrication and reduces fuel consumption

The use of graphene balls in oil could yield significant engine efficiency improvements in coming years.   Read More

08/03/2016

Metallising plastic: High temperature polymer gets metal finish

A high temperature plastic has been metallised by Albis Plastic to make a car reflector. Using vapour application, a thin metal layer is applied to the surface of the thermoplastic inside a vacuum.  Read More

22/06/2015

Functional Chameleon

Could a colour changing nano coating provide changing properties and functionality to non-metal parts?  Read More

13/11/2014

Single part foam sealant helps produce a better gasket

It might not have the glamour of carbon fibre, but effective seals and gaskets play a vital role in product reliability and longevity. Yet, like mechanical fasteners, specifying them is often done with little thought. Gaskets and seals are not typically associated with innovation, with the default often being whatever was used last time.  Read More

13/11/2014

Graphene: What does the future hold outside of the lab?

The 2010 Nobel Prize catapulted Graphene onto the world stage, and it's since captured the attention of the materials world. No doubt there are extraordinary opportunities.  Read More

13/06/2014

Coating technologies help drive down cost in the aerospace industry

Commercial aviation in the early decades was expensive and exclusive. Today, however, we have come to expect frequent and relatively low cost air travel. But this market explosion has an environmental cost that continues to proliferate around the world.  Read More

11/06/2013

Superhydrophobic and oleophobic coating repels almost any liquid

Florida based UltraTech International has produced what it is calling Ultra-Ever Dry. The coating uses a proprietary nanotechnology that when applied to an object creates a near translucent white barrier on the surface. After a 30 minute cure in the open air, treated objects are able to repel water and oil based liquids with amazing efficiency.  Read More

13/12/2012

Surface engineering: Combating friction

Surface engineering is often overlooked, but is vitally important. Gary Hughes, product engineering manager at bearing manufacturer, The Barden Corporation, outlines the main techniques the latest developments that can be used.  Read More

24/09/2012

Protective polymers

Engineering Materials discovers a polymer material breakthrough that could act as an anti-bacterial coating for medical devices.  Read More

24/09/2012

Adding function to materials

Steven Bowns of Technology Futures examines the potential impact of plastic and printed technologies for electrical and electronic systems and finds out about...   Read More

15/06/2012

Ceramic dynamic

Could plasma spraying technology offer the ability to manufacture high-strength, lightweight, pure ceramic components? Justin Cunningham finds out.  Read More

17/01/2012

Non-traditional bearings improve design and functionality in many industries

Bearing manufacturers are increasingly looking to develop and use alternative materials for a variety of different applications. It is being driven by both the demand from engineers for better solutions as well as the result of a concerted effort by industry to open up and engage with new market sectors.  Read More

17/01/2012

Offshore and subsea applications make specific demands of bearings

Subsea conditions represent some of the harshest and most challenging in terms of bearing technology. Combatting them is something that has forced bearing manufacturers to develop highly innovative and robust solutions using a variety of materials and designs.  Read More

13/10/2011

Materials drive bearing advances

Materials are at the heart of any bearing's success or failure. Paul Fanning looks at some recent developments.   Read More

13/07/2011

Better bearings drive improved efficiency

Bearing optimisation could lead to a huge reduction in energy usage and emissions. Matt Bailey looks at some of the latest developments.  Read More

12/05/2011

Grease monitoring lengthens bearing life

Bearing life is often dependent on the condition of its lubricating grease. Paul Fanning looks at a sensor that allows it to be monitored during operation.   Read More

14/04/2011

Linear motion off the shelf

Tom Shelley reports on some of the plethora of linear motion systems available from specialist suppliers.  Read More

13/01/2011

Novel bearings enable new EV design

The successful design of low carbon vehicles is making new demands of components such as bearings. Paul Fanning reports.  Read More

13/01/2011

Polymer bearings improve bikes and food processing

Tom Shelley reports on some recent advances in solid state bearings that allow them to replace rolling element metallic types.   Read More

13/10/2010

Bearing innovations increase efficiency

With bearing problems representing the single biggest reason for wind turbine failures, Paul Fanning looks at some of the latest methods being employed to combat the problem.   Read More

13/10/2010

Better bearings last longer in hot spots

Tom Shelley reports on bearings aimed at meeting the requirements of challenging environments, particularly in the food and beverage industries  Read More

10/08/2010

Sintered plastics control fluids on micro scale

Tom Shelley reports on some of the applications of very fine-grained, high-purity, sintered plastic.  Read More

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