This three-day course will provide an understanding of the role that surfaces play in materials behaviour of thin film and coating systems. Practical sessions will review concepts of surface engineering for multiple applications and how it may be used to optimise industrial component performance. 
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Integrating both theory with lab practice should ensure a greater understanding and appreciation of the concepts for application.The fundamentals of this course cover practical deposition and characterisation of functional coatings and thin films for multiple applications such as mechanical, biomedical, catalytic, electronic and power generation using a large variety of deposition methods (physical vapour deposition, chemical vapour deposition, sol-gel, electron beam PVD, electroplating, and plasma spraying).

At a glance

Course structure

Lectures covering deposition and analytical techniques and industrial applications and coating design. Over seven hours of hands-on deposition training, analytical demonstrations and laboratory tours.

What you will learn

  • Expanded knowledge of engineering PVD coating processes and their applications
  • Awareness of alternative coating technologies and the advantages they offer
  • Understanding of how coatings are designed into products, and how their performance may be assessed and improved
  • Opportunity to meet experts from different engineering coatings fields.

Core content

  • Surface Engineering; including surface characterisation using SEM, FIB, XRD, Nano-indentation, AFM, XPS, scratch testing, RFDA, optical methods such as FTIR, Raman, UV-Vis spectroscopy.
  • Coatings Technology; E-beam PVD, thermal evaporation, sputtering, CVD, pulsed laser deposition, cathodic arc evaporation, Sol-gel, electroplating, brush plating and plasma spraying.

Timetable

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

09:00-09:30

Registration

09:00-09:45

Thermal Spray

Sample Preparation Laboratory + Analytical Methods

09:30-09:45

Introduction

09:45-11:00

Sputtering & Evaporation Laboratory Session

09:45-11:00

Thermal Spray Lecture

11:00-11:15

Coffee

11:15-12:15

Evaporation Lecture

11:15-12:15

Electroplating Demonstration

Sample Preparation Laboratory + Analytical Methods

12:15-13:00

PVD Sputtering

12:15-13:00

Electroplating Lecture

13:00-14:15

Lunch

14:15-15:45

CVD Lecture

14:15-15:30

Demonstration of Sol Gel Coatings

Lecture on friction & wear coatings

15:45-16:00

Coffee

15:00-16:15

Sol Gel Lecture

Wear Testing

16:15-16:45

CVD Demonstration

16:15-16:30

Coffee

16:45-17:30

Case Studies

16:30-17:30

Visit to Coating Company

17:30-21:00

Course Dinner

Who should attend

Newcomers, engineers and managers who use - or see a future for - coatings technology in their industry. Individuals involved in research and development seeking to broaden their expertise. 

No previous knowledge of coating techniques is required, but an engineering or technical background is helpful.

Partnerships

All friends together for ‘hands-on’ coatings short course

Cranfield is part of a new Marie Curie staff exchange project called FRIENDS2.

The project promotes collaboration with leading German research institution Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, along with two industrial partners, Spanish SME Metal Estalki and multinational telecommunications company Abengoa, to develop new coatings for the thermosolar power industry.

As part of this, the FRIENDS2 project group organised its first ever training workshop on extreme surface engineering and coatings for a dozen industrialists from the two partner companies at the Cranfield campus in June. The three-day course saw UK and German academics join forces for lectures interspersed with more than eight hours’ hands-on deposition training, analytical demonstrations and laboratory tours.

The workshop’s directors, Professor Jose Endrino and Dr Jeff Rao, said: “We’re very pleased with the response to this training programme which sought to enthuse and motivate those involved in coatings technologies looking to broaden their expertise. Also thanks to our staff from SENTi (Surface Engineering and Nanotechnology Institute) who helped make it such a success.”

The course, supported by recent Cranfield academic Dr Mark Craig (now Safran Power UK) and Dr Yuri Zhuk (Technical Director, Hardide plc), also included a tour of Oerlikon Balzers Coating in Milton Keynes hosted by Toby Middlemiss (Aerospace Segment Manager, Oerlikon UK).

The next ’hands-on’ coatings workshop at Cranfield is from 27-29 June 2016 and it is hoped this will become an annual event.

For further details on the project, part of Horizon 2020 (the EU framework programme for research and innovation), visit www.friends2project.eu

Speakers

Professor Jose Eendrino - Head of Surface Engineering and Nanotechnology Institue
Professor John Nicholls - Professor of Coatings Technology
Dr Jeff Rao - Senior Research Officer
Dr Sue Impey - Senior Lecturer
Dr Tim Rose - Research Fellow
Dr Mark Craig - Safran Power UK
Dr Christopher Shaw - Research Fellow in Functional Materials
Dr Christine Chalk - Research Fellow

Concessions

20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni 


£825 - Professional/trade association discount 

£795 - Multiple bookings* 

*Minimum of five delegates

Accommodation

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 


Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details


Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
Cranfield
Bedford 
MK43 0AL


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