This symposium is jointly organized by ICMCTF (AVS/ASED) and the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) and will focus on applied research related to industrial manufacturing and application aspects of various surface engineering and coating technologies. Topics include recent advancements in surface engineering equipment and the application of PVD/CVD deposition technologies for coatings and thin films in automotive, aerospace, component and tooling/cutting applications. Also of particular interest are surface treatments before and after the coating processes to enhance the performance of engineered surfaces, hybrid/duplex coating techniques, innovations in manufacturing practices, and cooperation between industry, research organizations, and academia to advance surface engineering applications.
G1: Advances in Application Driven Research: New Methods, Materials, and Equipment for PVD, CVD, and PECVD Processes
The scope of this session is on the research results produced in cooperation between industry, research laboratories, and academia. One focus should be on companies that can present current status and achievements, as well as to address future development trends. Academic institutions are highly encouraged to present results of background research or contributions aimed at the development of the tailored solutions to meet the industrial demands of thin film and hard coatings applications.
G1. Invited Speakers:
- Mark Bernick, Angstrom Sciences, USA, “New Developments in Magnetron Sputtering Systems”
- Vishal Khetan, Oerlikon Balzers, Liechtenstein, “Carbon-Based Surface Solutions for High Performance Forming Tools – A Journey from Material Research to Industrial Solutions”
G2: Surface Modification of Components in Automotive, Aerospace and Manufacturing Applications
This session will cover application-oriented research and development on surface-modified products and technologies. Topics include surface modified or coated products/components in the area of tribology, corrosion, high temperature, optical, magnetic and allied technologies. The focus is also on novel substrate preparation and pre-treatment methods: substrate nitriding, carburizing, boriding, or oxidation pre-treatments; intermediate etching treatment and interlayer design during the coating processes; coating post-treatments, including laser, electron beam, annealing, ion implantation or mechanical/chemical/optical techniques, and integrated and/or novel treatments and process combinations. The main criteria are that the surface modification/coatings should be applied to semi/end products to enable/improve desired physical/chemical properties. The components used in automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, land-based and aero turbines, mining, oil drilling and fracking, construction machinery and farming equipment are of primary interest in this session. Papers dealing with aspects relating to properties, processes, performance, equipment and industrial applications for such treatments are all welcome.
G2. Invited Speakers:
- Chris Berndt, Australian Research Council, Industrial Transformation Training Centre, Australia, “Surface Engineering Opportunities: Harsh Environments Meeting New Strategies for Microstructural Designs”
- Manuel Mee, Oerlikon Balzers, Germany, “Plasma Nitriding of Forming Tools for the Automotive Industry – Challenges and Opportunities”
- Jens Wartmann, ZBT GmbH, Germany, “Importance of Thin Films and Coatings for the Green Hydrogen Economy”
G3: Innovative Surface Engineering for Advanced Cutting and Forming Tool Applications
The requirements of manufacturing industries and recent innovative developments in coatings and surface engineering processes for advanced tooling applications are the focus of this session. Such applications include but are not limited to high-demanding sheet or bulk metal forming, plastics processing, die-casting as well as cutting operations of steel, cast iron and difficult-to-cut materials like high-temperature alloys or CFRP. Novelties related to the use of coating technologies like PVD arc, sputtering, HIPIMS, hybrid, electron beam as well as PECVD and CVD for application-oriented design of different coating materials, architectures and properties are welcome. Insights into the combined effect of tool geometry and adapted coatings are also in the focus of the present session. Furthermore, contributions highlighting the interaction of the coatings designed for cutting and forming applications with the ambient atmosphere and/or the counterpart materials including metallic alloys and polymers are within the focus of this session.
G3. Invited Speakers:
- Ricardo Alexandre, TEandM, Portugal, “Coating Design for Components for Extreme Applications”
- Carles Colominas, IQS School of Engineering, Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT), Spain, “Bringing Together Research, Job Coating and Market Needs”
G4: Hybrid Systems, Processes and Coatings
This session focuses on novel methods that employ combinations of several processes and systems during film deposition. Hybrid systems can combine different ionization sources, like lasers, hot filaments, hollow cathodes, electron- or ion-guns, etc. with conventional magnetrons or arc evaporators, to provide increased ionization, additional heating of the substrate, or to change the distribution of plasma density in the reactor. Hybrid systems can also combine different gas pressures, including atmospheric plasma activation, can use pulsed gas inflows synchronized with pulsed power, pulsed biasing, etc. Hybrid processes can integrate different mechanisms of production of species for film deposition, for example, PVD with PE CVD. Contributions on organic-inorganic hybrid coatings and hybrid processes both at reduced and atmospheric pressures are also solicited.
Papers dealing with aspects relating to properties, processes, performance, equipment and industrial applications for such treatments are all welcome.
G4. Invited Speakers:
- Jiri Vyskocil, HVM Plasma, Prague, Czechia, “Hybrid HIPIMS and Controlled Pulsed Arc for Deposition of Hard Coatings”