Surface Engineering

Coating Alloy Materials 

There is no doubt that there is an increased demand for alloy materials today. In turn, it has placed more burden on the industry to continually produce quality materials that can meet the needs of end-users. In turn, we continue to centre our research on innovations and advancement that can ensure that the industry can meet this increasing demand without any drop in quality. One aspect of this production that becomes relevant is surface engineering.

Surface engineering is concerned with the various production activities related to the surface of the alloy. Note that while it is easy to neglect the importance of surface engineering, it plays a vital role. This is because it can contribute to the functionality of the alloy material. Even more, it can determine the effectiveness of the alloy material in meeting the needs of the end-users.

Typically, surface engineering of alloys revolves around coating. This involves the application of a material to the surface of the alloy. In turn, this addition performs a relevant function in the finished product.

However, the impressive thing about this coating is that it can provide improved functionality while not compromising the behaviour of the alloy material. Precisely, it allows the producers to achieve a desired result concerning the alloy material while still maintaining the fundamental nature of the alloy itself. 

Further, coating an alloy material can perform a wide range of functions. For instance, it can be to ensure that there is reduced wear and tear of the alloy material. In most cases, producers attach a specific coating depending on the application of the alloy that ensures that the alloy material will not wear easily regardless of constant usage. This is usually useful in cases of contact between two alloy parts – for instance, aircraft gears.

In some cases, these coatings may get attached to ensure that the external surface of the alloy material can resist corrosion for effectively. For instance, aluminium window frames get various coatings that ensure that even in their installation within a corrosive area, they can remain functional and durable.

Today, there is a wide range of coating processes that are relevant within the industry. For instance, there is a chemical vapour phase reaction. There is also the kinetic metallisation processing.

Usually, this will involve depositing powder on the alloy surface in a sub- or super-sonic solid situation or sate. No doubt, while there are different coating methods available today, it must be noted that the results in all cases remain the same. That is to reduce wear and tear and corrosion of the alloy material. 

We continually research into existing coating mechanism. Our goal is to improve the existing system and ensure that things get better with time. On the other hand, our research does not limit itself to existing systems. We are also constantly researching into new and more cost-effective situations that allow us to deliver superb surface engineering to allow metals.