Surface technology gives an overview of surface treatments and coating techniques which are available to 'engineer' a surface, so to give desired properties to a surface. Examples of desired properties of a surface which can be obtained by surface technology are wear resistance, thermal isolation and corrosion protection. Besides this, decorative purposes can also be a reason to apply surface treatments and coatings.
The largest part of 'Surface Technology' deals with basic principles and possibilities versus limitations of coating processes and surface treatments. The emphasis lies on modern processes like Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) and electroplating. Examples of basic principles that will be discussed are vacuum technology, evaporation, sputtering and basics of ionized gases.
Besides this, attention will be paid to coating materials, failure mechanisms, characterization of coatings and selection of surface treatments and coatings
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