The Smart Materials Sector of Materials KTN and the Surface Engineering and Advanced Coatings SIG (Special Interest Group) ran an event in partnership with CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) that looked at smart coatings.
Surface engineering and advanced coatings has been identified as one of the 22 national competencies for high value manufacturing. Coatings are used right across the spectrum of the manufacturing and engineering sectors and are vital to the success of British industries.
Smart coating technology has always been a hot topic and the subject of competitive advantage in a wide variety of applications.
It could be a barrier coating for a packaging film application and be transparent but control the ingress and egress of moisture or it could be a coating that can indicate damage on an aero engine or oil and gas platform or even in a composite being used to save weight on an aircraft. They all have smart technology in common, i.e. the coatings react, often reversibly to a stimulus in their environment to deliver something.
This event offered the opportunity to see where the technology might be in a variety of different applications and to see if there are some common areas where the innovation and/or the commercial adoption are being slowed and where the materials community could make an impact in terms of helping to overcome the barriers.
A summary of the presentation highights can be found in a short report of the event.
The programme delivered a number of presentations that can be accessed in PDF format from the links:
Introduction to Centre for Process Innovation
Alf Smith, CPI
Steve Morris, Technology Manager, Smart Materials and Emerging Technologies, Materials KTN
Keith Harrison, Surface Engineering and Advanced Coatings SIG
Allan Matthews, University of Sheffield
Dave Rickerby, Rolls-Royce
Brian Allcock, Monitor Coatings Ltd
Brian Norton, Indestructible Paints Ltd
Kevin Cooke, Miba – Teer Coatings Ltd
John Evans, Durham University
Gary Critchlow, Loughborough University
Patrick Smith, University of Sheffield
Approaching Open Innovation
Euan Magennis, P&G
Graham Bullman, CPI
FP7 Materials Projects: R2R-CIGs and NanoMend
Holly Peacock, Centre for Process Innovation
Further events might be delivered to look into specific areas that have been identified as important but where there is a need for community input.