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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14/09/2017

Engineering Materials Live opens next week at Duxford

Engineering Materials Live opens its doors to visitors next Thursday (21st September) at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire, and you can still secure your free visitor badge online to attend.   Read More

05/09/2017

Protective lubrication

Tata Steel has launched Prime Lubrication Treatment (PLT) which, when applied in a thin coating along with the conventional oil layer, is said to provide a superior lubrication system that improves processing of hot-dip galvanised GI steels for exposed automotive panels.  Read More

29/08/2017

Engineering Materials Live returns at Duxford

After the success of the inaugural Engineering Materials Live Exhibition, co-located with FAST Exhibition, at the National Motorcycle Museum in May, the event is back again at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September.  Read More

10/08/2017

Optical method to pinpoint weak spots in jet engine thermal coatings

For the first time, researchers from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, have demonstrated that an optical analysis method can reveal weak areas in ceramic thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines from high temperatures and wear. The technique could be used to predict how long coatings would last on an airplane and might eventually lead to new thermal barrier coatings, making engines more efficient and cutting both the cost and pollution of air travel.   Read More

12/07/2017

Ceramic coating breakthrough brings us closer to hypersonic air travel

Researchers at The University of Manchester in collaboration with Central South University (CSU), China, have created a carbide-based ceramic coating that could revolutionise hypersonic travel for air, space and defence purposes.  Read More

10/07/2017

Time to register for Engineering Materials Live

Registration is now open for Engineering Materials Live, which takes place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September.   Read More

12/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live: Focussed success

The inaugural Engineering Materials Live Show kicked off on Thursday 11 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Coupled with the long running FAST exhibition, delegates arrived early enticed by the thought of a bacon sandwich and cup of coffee, before quickly turning their attention to the packed exhibitors’ halls and content-rich technical seminar sessions.   Read More

02/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live to open next week as exhibitor space sells out

Exhibitor stands have now completely sold out for the Engineering Materials Live exhibition as the new event is set to open its doors to visitors on 11th May at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.   Read More

10/04/2017

Latest exhibitors announced for Engineering Materials Live and FAST Exhibitions

With one month to go until doors open for the co-located FAST Exhibition and Engineering Materials Live exhibitions, the event has so far seen record pre-registration levels for attendees and several new additions to its exhibitor portfolio of leading suppliers from the fastening, bonding and engineering materials sectors.  Read More

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

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