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Characterising and Assessing Surfaces and Coatings

Mon, 13 June, 2022

We recently held a webinar dedicated to the subject of the characterisation and assessment of surfaces and coatings.

TWI Technology Fellow, Dr Alan Taylor, who has been at TWI since 1995 and whose expertise includes self-cleaning coatings, anti-microbial coatings, corrosion resistant coatings and novel insulating materials, led the online event, which took place on 11 May 2022.

TWI Technology Fellow, Dr Alan Taylor
TWI Technology Fellow, Dr Alan Taylor

Surfaces are critical to the performance of engineering components. They typically experience the most challenging operational environments and are often coated to protect against degradation, corrosion, wear, abrasion and to augment the behaviour of the substrate material. In addition to protection, coatings are also applied to engineering components to provide functional attributes such as anti-icing, oil repellence, low coefficient of friction, infra-red reflection and enhanced transparency.

The webinar detailed the evaluation of surfaces with a view to highlighting the range of different techniques that can be used to characterise performance of coatings against relevant standards or benchmarks, provide guidance in the selection of different coatings and surface treatments and, ultimately, enable the assessment of fitness-for-purpose of the coated or treated component for the target application.

You can see a recording of this insightful webinar, below: