Creation of a National Innovation Playground to Widen the Operational Envelope for Tribological PVD Coatings

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Materials Science and Engineering

Abstract

A team with unique and complementary experience has been formed to create an Innovation Playground for application-driven pioneering research in PVD coatings for tribological applications. Four leading centres in three institutions will come together to exploit their real and significant synergies. This proposal is for capital equipment which, together with our extensive existing facilities, will underpin our ambitions and will enable the UK to compete with any of the other international centres. The investment provides unique capability for this consortium which will reach out to other academic groups and industrial users. The proposed research is based around three core thematic areas; defined because of our combined strengths in these and also the tribological challenges that exist. The Innovation Playground will secure specific deliverables for these three strategically important high priority application sectors:1. Artificial Human Joint Replacements - for health & well being -> Lengthening life, improving mobility and independent living and reducing ion release for younger and more active patients. To reduce the burden on the NHS. 2. Automotive OEM Engine Parts - for reduced energy consumption - The immediate focus is primarily on fuel economy and improved surface/lubricant interactions to realize lower interfacial friction and so minimize energy losses, delivering performance improvements and a reduced carbon footprint.3. New age coated cutting tools for Manufacturing Ti, Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) and metal-matrix composite aerospace components - for materials conservation and manufacturing efficiency gains by lowering energy consumption in manufacturing > The main emphasis will be increasing cutting tool durability and reliability under very high operating temperatures (>1000C), suppressing adverse chemical degradation and reducing dependence on Cl-containing fluids during machining operations under dry or minimum lubrication conditions (MLC machining). There is industry pressure to increase the performance of the tool/lubricant system and advanced PVD coating technology can address this need.

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Cassar G (2012) Triode plasma diffusion treatment of titanium alloys in Surface and Coatings Technology

 
Description Innovative and advanced plasma-based deposition and surface characterisation facilities have been obtained and made available for coatings research.
Exploitation Route Development of new coatings and processes. Advanced characterisation of surface engineered materials.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport,Other

 
Description The grant enabled many research breakthroughs and the introduction of innovative, environmentally friendly processes into UK industry.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Energy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Academic collaborations 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Input into research collaborations (advice, facilities, etc)
Collaborator Contribution Provision of advice and facilities.
Impact Improved surface engineering processes.
 
Description Academic collaborations 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Input into research collaborations (advice, facilities, etc)
Collaborator Contribution Provision of advice and facilities.
Impact Improved surface engineering processes.
 
Description Link with industrial company 
Organisation Cambridge Nanolitic Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of research support
Collaborator Contribution Provision of facilities and materials.
Impact New processes and products
Start Year 2006
 
Description Link with industrial company 
Organisation Cutting and Wear
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of research support
Collaborator Contribution Provision of facilities and materials.
Impact New processes and products
Start Year 2006
 
Description Link with industrial company 
Organisation Keronite International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of research support
Collaborator Contribution Provision of facilities and materials.
Impact New processes and products
Start Year 2006
 
Description Link with industrial company 
Organisation Plasma Coatings Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of research support
Collaborator Contribution Provision of facilities and materials.
Impact New processes and products
Start Year 2006
 
Description Link with industrial company 
Organisation Wallwork-Cambridge/Tecvac Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of research support
Collaborator Contribution Provision of facilities and materials.
Impact New processes and products
Start Year 2006