Special Issue "Advanced Coatings and Engineered Surfaces for Tribological and Anti-corrosion Applications"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Corrosion, Wear and Erosion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 551

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Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Research Center for Advanced Materials, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Interests: corrosion and tribology; coatings; surface modification/engineering; materials development and characterization; additive manufacturing; welding; materials degradation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent exponential growth in surface modification/engineering and coating development methods and techniques, which are tailored toward novel functionality and enhanced performance for tribological and anticorrosion applications, is an indication of the huge role and the prospects of surfaces and coatings in technological advancement. Primarily driven by the associated economic value of attaining superior and multifunctional surfaces, components in demanding and ever-evolving applications in the aerospace, medical, energy, automotive, chemical, oil, and gas industries are protected and their durability is increased.

Friction, wear, and corrosion are among the most common causes of failure in many components. The need to maintain structural material integrity and assets reliability under harsh environments, and a renewed impetus toward the durability of engineered surfaces and new coating systems, requires the development of advanced surfaces and coatings and an understanding of their tribological and anticorrosive properties through experimental, theoretical, and modeling activities.

The scope of this Special Issue will serve as a forum for papers on the following concepts:

  • Theoretical and experimental research, knowledge, and new ideas on the tribological and anti-corrosion behavior of various engineered surfaces (laser, plasma, anodizing, nitriding, carburizing, shot peening, chemically treated surfaces, etc.).
  • Coatings produced by different processes, including, but not limited to, additive manufacturing processes, thermal spray, laser and plasma processing, CVD, PVD, plating, etc. Tribological and anti-corrosion of such coatings based on valid experimental and theoretical analysis.
  • Smart and functional polymer coatings for tribological and corrosion applications deposited by different methods (sol-gel, electrostatic spray, dip, spin coatings, etc.).
  • Engineered surfaces for improved tribological and anti-corrosion behavior in energy systems, including smart solid lubricant for surfaces in energy systems.
  • Studies investigating the underlying mechanisms for the improved tribological and anti-corrosion performance of coatings and surfaces, as well as their degradation/failure mechanisms through friction, wear under static and dynamic loading conditions, and corrosion.
  • Latest development, trends, and future outlook in advanced surfaces and coatings for emerging tribological and corrosion challenges.
  • Modeling and simulation to predict surfaces and coatings’ tribological and corrosion properties, performance, durability, and reliability in service environments.

Dr. Akeem Y. Adesina
Guest Editor

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  • advanced coatings
  • surface modification
  • tribology
  • anti-corrosion
  • advanced materials

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In Situ Growth of High-Performance ZnAl-Layered Double Hydroxides/Al2O3 Composite Coatings on Aluminum Alloy
Coatings 2023, 13(9), 1511; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings13091511 - 26 Aug 2023
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In this research, high-performance ZnAl-layered double hydroxides (ZnAl-LDHs) with different Zn2+ concentrations were prepared on the surface of an anodized 1060 aluminum alloy using the in situ growth method, and the influence of Zn2+ concentration on corrosion resistance and tribological behavior [...] Read more.
In this research, high-performance ZnAl-layered double hydroxides (ZnAl-LDHs) with different Zn2+ concentrations were prepared on the surface of an anodized 1060 aluminum alloy using the in situ growth method, and the influence of Zn2+ concentration on corrosion resistance and tribological behavior was further explored. The surface morphology, element distribution, phase composition, and mechanical performance of ZnAl-LDHs/anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) composite coatings were tested and analyzed. Subsequently, the investigation of the anti-corrosion properties and tribological behavior of as-prepared composite coatings and AAO were conducted experimentally. The results show that with the increase in Zn2+ concentration, the thickness and bonding strength of the coatings gradually increase, and the hardness progressively decreases. The ZnAl-LDHs/AAO composite coating with a Zn2+ concentration of 0.3 mol/L exhibits the best anti-corrosion ability, which has the minimum corrosion current density of 2.435 × 10−9 A/cm2. This can be attributed to the uniform and compact ZnAl-LDH films where the porous structure of the AAO is well sealed. Moreover, the excellent friction-reduction and anti-wear properties of ZnAl-LDHs/AAO composite coatings with larger Zn2+ concentrations are verified using a ball-on-disc rotating wear tester under dry wear. A reasonable mechanism for improving tribological properties of resulting ZnAl-LDHs/AAO composite coatings is proposed. Full article
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