Smart Coatings

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

Introduction to the day

Steve Morris, Technology Manager, Smart Materials and Emerging Technologies, Materials KTN

Keith Harrison, Surface Engineering and Advanced Coatings SIG

Smart Coatings - An Overview

Allan Matthews, University of Sheffield

Smart coatings for aero engines

Dave Rickerby, Rolls-Royce

Smart coatings for off-shore oil & gas

Brian Allcock, Monitor Coatings Ltd

Smart Paints

Brian Norton, Indestructible Paints Ltd

Thin film coatings

Kevin Cooke, Miba – Teer Coatings Ltd

SMC3 – Interfacial Chemistry

John Evans, Durham University

Moving towards Smart Adhesives

Gary Critchlow, Loughborough University

Printed Self-ameliorating Technology for Aircraft Structures

Patrick Smith, University of Sheffield

Approaching Open Innovation

Euan Magennis, P&G

Enterprise Europe Network and Funding

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.