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Fabrication, Characterization, and Application of Coatings and Thin Films (Volume II)

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Thin Films and Interfaces".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2023) | Viewed by 881

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Interests: smart materials; carbon-based thin films and carbon modifications; coatings with actuator and sensor functions; materials for robotics
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Dear Colleagues,

Coatings and thin films improve and fine-tune the properties of material surfaces. Moreover, materials deposited in the geometry of a thin film or a designed coating offer different functionalities in comparison to bulk materials. Today’s equipment and technologies for structuring and patterning provide sophisticated tools for further perfection of the surface. The art of coating and thin film technologies starts before their deposition by placing proper emphasis on the processing of precursors and particles for adjusted monolayered films or hybrid coatings. Sometimes, the fixation of nanomaterials in coatings or at surfaces also enables specific features. Last but not least, signals from the coating or thin film enable smart interactions and coating communication with or coating reaction on the environment.

It is desirable to ensure long durability, wear and corrosion resistance, as well as friction adjustment. These aspects need to be tested before coated materials are released for practical applications. Although this is a long-standing topic, this Special Issue aims to address the latest trends in surface engineering and coatings technology. Our aim is to combine results from experts in different fields to stimulate interest in the trends and successes from one special field and application to another.

Prof. Dr. Annett Dorner-Reisel
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  • wear
  • friction
  • micropatterning
  • nanostructured surfaces
  • smart coatings and thin films
  • precursor and powder design
  • film and coating characterization

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21 pages, 19263 KiB  
Effect of Metallic Coatings on the Wear Performance and Mechanism of 30CrMnSiNi2A Steel
by Huicheng Zu, Zhiqiang He, Bin He, Zhuoquan Tang, Xiuyang Fang, Zhenbing Cai, Zhongqing Cao and Luling An
Materials 2023, 16(18), 6191; - 13 Sep 2023
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The finger lock structure of aircraft landing gear is prone to wear and failure during repeated locking and unlocking processes, which is disastrous for the service safety of the aircraft. At present, the commonly used material for finger locks in the industry is [...] Read more.
The finger lock structure of aircraft landing gear is prone to wear and failure during repeated locking and unlocking processes, which is disastrous for the service safety of the aircraft. At present, the commonly used material for finger locks in the industry is 30CrMnSiNi2A, which has a short wear life and high maintenance costs. It is crucial to develop effective methods to improve the wear resistance of 30CrMnSiNi2A finger locks. This work explores the wear resistance and wear mechanisms of different metallic coatings such as chromium, nickel, and cadmium–titanium on the surface of a 30CrMnSiNi2A substrate. The effects of load and wear time on the wear behavior are also discussed. The results indicated that the wear resistance of the chromium coating was the maximum. When the load was 80 N and 120 N, the wear mechanisms were mainly oxidation and adhesive. For greater loads, the wear mechanism of the coating after failure was mainly abrasive and oxidation, and the wear was extremely severe. When the load was 80 N, for a greater loading time, the wear mechanisms were mainly oxidation and adhesive. Full article
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