Coatings and Tribology News

All the latest news on surface engineering technology including advanced coatings, nano coatings, surface treatment processes, ceramic spraying, finishing, waterproofing, as well as specific insight and case studies on surface interaction and how to design for it.

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13/02/2017

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves surface coatings

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed an approach to dynamically tune the micro- and nano-scale roughness of atomically thin molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), and consequently the appropriate degree of hydrophobicity for various potential MoS2-based applications.  Read More

26/01/2017

Meeting market demand with Engineering Materials Live

The new Engineering Materials Live exhibition will open in Birmingham in May. This new event is being launched in association with Engineering Materials magazine to meet the needs of engineering professionals who are tasked with sourcing and specifying plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced materials.  Read More

25/01/2017

CPI and Haydale collaborate on Smart Filter project

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is part of a consortium that aims to develop a low cost self-cleaning coating technology based on functionalised graphene, which once applied to industrial membranes increases the resistance to fouling or enhances ion removal.  Read More

16/01/2017

UV light for producing customised surfaces

A process to structure surfaces and to apply or detach functional molecules has been developed by scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). They use UV light for the formation or breaking of disulphide bridges, or bonds of sulphur atoms.  Read More

09/01/2017

MIT researchers design a material 10 times as strong as steel but much lighter

A team of researchers at MIT claims to have designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene. The material, a sponge-like configuration with a density of 5%, is said to have a strength 10 times that of steel.  Read More

29/12/2016

Researchers work to improve the lifecycle of materials

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working on materials that can react to their environment, recover from damage, and even self-destruct once their usefulness has come to an end.  Read More

27/12/2016

UNIST engineers thermoelectric material in paintable liquid form

A new study, led by Professor Jae Sung Son of Materials Science and Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), has succeeded in developing a technique that can be used to turn industrial waste heat into electricity for vehicles and other applications.  Read More

26/12/2016

Modified metals for space engineering produced in microseconds

Russian scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and the Institute of High Current Electronics have developed a method to apply wear-resistant coatings on metals by followed fusing them in substrates. Such modified materials, through a combination of lightness, strength and corrosion resistance, could be used in mechanical engineering, aviation and space engineering.  Read More

08/12/2016

Castrol releases two new cutting fluids

Created to support the manufacturing of metal components, Castrol Hysol SL 35 XBB and Castrol Alusol SL 51 XBB cutting fluid technology are claimed to maintain constant pH levels - between 9 and 9.5 - and stable conditions for longer than other standard cutting fluids. This reduces the need to add expensive treatment additives and biocides, as well as safeguarding against costly uncontrolled system changes.   Read More

08/12/2016

Coating benefit for redesigned pallets

Plastics giant BASF has undertaken a project to redesign the humble pallet. Working with Dutch start-up Ahrma Holding, it is coating a robust hybrid pallets made from medium density fibreboard (MDF) and plastic using its Elastocoat C spray system.  Read More

05/12/2016

Silicone coating for medical devices

Organic silicones are playing an increasingly important role in the surface modification of next generation medical devices. The technique known as plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) of silicon dioxide coatings are seen widely as an enabling material technology for future products.  Read More

28/11/2016

Polymer material optimised for railway applications

Motion plastics specialist, igus has introduced a variant of its iglidur tribopolymer material, RW370, that complies with EU fire protection standard EN 45545 for railway vehicles. The material is claimed to be resistant to harsh media, durable and well-suited to a range of bearing applications within rail transportation systems, including door guides and hinges, as well as in rotating joints and adjusting mechanisms for seats and tables.   Read More

10/10/2016

Autonomous humanoid robot shows a range of movements

An autonomous humanoid robot has been developed under a joint project between academia and industry. The open platform robot was developed by The University of Bonn’s Autonomous Intelligent Systems group with help from tribo-plastic specialist igus.  Read More

14/09/2016

Spray-on hydrophobic material

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed a spray-on material with the ability to repel water. The researchers say their protective coating could eventually be used to waterproof mobile phones, prevent ice from forming on aeroplanes, keeping skyscraper windows clean or protect boat hulls from corroding.  Read More

12/09/2016

Life-saving bacteria-phobic material coating

Medical innovator Camstent has announced that it has raised a record £850,000, nearly trebling the original £300,000 target, to bring its bacteria-phobic polymer coatings to market.  Read More

26/07/2016

Self-healing textiles can also neutralise chemicals

A team of researchers from Penn State University have created a self-healing, thin film coating that could be applied to clothes to prevent soldiers from chemical or biological attacks in the field or factory workers from accidental releases of toxic materials.   Read More

20/06/2016

Corrosion inhibitor coating wins Materials Science Venture Prize

A research team from Swansea University, led by Professor Geraint Williams, is developing a ‘smart release’ corrosion inhibitor, for use in coated steel products, and has won the Materials Science Venture Prize awarded by The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.  Read More

26/05/2016

Graphene-based de-icing material upgraded

Rice University scientists have advanced their graphene-based de-icer to serve a dual purpose. The new material still melts ice from surfaces and wires when conditions get too cold, but ice won’t form at all down to temperatures of -14°C. The material can be spray-coated, making it suitable for large applications like aircraft, power lines, radar domes and ships.  Read More

18/05/2016

Coating shows unexpected potential to improve reliability in wind power

A group of researchers from the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove beneficial to the wind industry.  Read More

17/05/2016

Secret of always-taut spider threads inspires new material

Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Pierre and Marie Curie University, in Paris have taken inspiration from spider webs to create a hybrid wire technology that could be used in applications such as microfabrication of complex structures, reversible micro-motors, or self-tensioned stretchable systems.  Read More

16/05/2016

World's blackest material optimises sensitivity of satellite star trackers

The S-VIS version of Surrey NanoSystems’ Vantablack spray coating has been used to enhance the optical sensitivity of the optical instrumentation on board the Kent Ridge 1 low earth orbit (LEO) satellite. The Kent Ridge 1 was developed by Berlin Space Technologies (BST) in conjunction with the National University of Singapore and carries two hyper-spectral imaging systems and a high resolution video camera for Earth observation.  Read More

08/04/2016

Call to standardise the testing of superhydrophobic materials

Researchers from Aalto University have called for consistent and standardised testing of superhydrophobic materials. They argue that agreeing on a unified testing method is needed to allow community-wide comparison between published results and that this would progress the development of superhydrophobic materials to commercial products.  Read More

22/03/2016

Crumpled graphene becomes superhydrophobic

Research, by engineers from Brown University, shows that repeatedly crumpling sheets of graphene can make it significantly better at repelling water, a property that could be useful in making self-cleaning surfaces.  Read More

17/03/2016

Slug inspired material could make aircraft de-icers a thing of the past

Scientists from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), in Japan, report that they have developed a liquid-like substance that can make aircraft wings and other surfaces so slippery that ice cannot adhere. The slick substance is secreted from a film on the wing's surface as temperatures drop below freezing and retreats back into the film as temperatures rise.  Read More

16/03/2016

CPI announces roll to roll slot die/screen printing and encapsulation capability

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has recently installed a specialist roll to roll line for the printing, coating and patterning of a range organic and inorganic solution based coatings. The pilot production line is available on an open access basis and will aid the commercialisation of printable electronics applications including photovoltaics, OTFT and printed batteries amongst others.  Read More

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