"Introduction To Surface Engineering
And Coating Technology"







Designed to broaden horizons with new material applications, process methods and techniques. This dynamic two to three-day course covers established industrial surface treatments as well as new and emerging processes to reduce wear and corrosion costs, increase the life span of critical parts, and increase customer satisfaction.







New mechanisms create new tribological problems.   Improving surface properties is the current trend for solving today's wear problems, rather than the development of new wear-resistant bulk materials. In the coming generation of tribosystems, we will probably rely almost entirely on improvements to surfaces. As wear takes place at and/or near the surface, it makes sense to concentrate on the surface rather than to make new bulk materials to resist wear. The performance of parts often depends on surface properties such as wear, corrosion or oxidation resistance. Although many types of treatment have been developed to modify surface properties, new processes and technologies appear regularly, making cost/benefit analysis more complex.



Combined effects of corrosion and wear.  Complicating matters is the fact that the combined effects of wear and corrosion can result in total material losses that are much greater than the additive effects of each process taken alone. Although corrosion can often occur in the absence of mechanical wear, the opposite is rarely true. Corrosion and wear processes involve many mechanisms, the combined actions of which lead to the mutual reinforcement of their effectiveness. For example, the combination can lead to galvanic corrosion in some applications. Wear debris and corrosion products that are formed during comminuation affect product quality, and can adversely affect subsequent beneficiation by altering the chemical and electrochemical properties of the mineral system, resulting in costly failure and replacement.



Effectively Mitigating Damage.   Wear costs money, a lot of it, and the reduction of these costs is the focus of this course. Doing so should be the goal of every person who designs a device, which employs a tribosystem that involves surfaces in relative motion or unwanted mechanical action on a surface that causes material removal. One of the more effective means of mitigating damage due to corrosion and wear is to treat, or "engineer" the surface so it can perform functions, which are distinct from those required from the bulk of the material.



Practical training with solid ROI benefits.  This course will provide participants with practical, "how to" information on coatings that can be applied to surfaces, and treatments to surfaces, that make the surface characteristics superior to those of the bulk material, as well as practical guidelines to aid in selection process and specification, which can save money for the companies and people that must foot the bill for machines and parts that wear out.



Building on the basics.  An underlying philosophy of AMA's training programs is that in order to use coatings materials wisely, the engineer or technician must understand their properties. This course teaches participants important surface technology terms, concepts and processes that will assist them in gaining this understanding, and provides a valuable learning experience whether participants are:

  • Seeking ways to cut costs, improve performance and increase profitability.

  • Updating present knowledge of metals and their processing and optimization.

  • Wanting to learn more about complementary or competitive technologies.

  • Starting out in the field and looking for a basic introduction to metallurgy




An Interactive Learning Experience   Participants will join in discussions guided by course instructors, Dr. Jacob Stiglich and Dr. T. S. Sudarshan, who will encourage questions, comments, and participation at all times. There will also be opportunities to exchange ideas with the instructors and other participants during breaks, lunch, and after class adjourns. With this interactive format and the dynamic instructors, participants will find this three-day course to be extremely beneficial,  motivating and thoroughly enjoyable.



Key Course Topics.   In depth consideration of traditional, advanced and emerging coating technologies, how they are accomplished, their advantages and disadvantages; types of corrosion and wear; illustrated comparisons of major surface treatments, including their effects on coating and substrate physical properties -- and much more, as shown in the Course Highlights listed below.
  • Overview of Surface Treatment
  • Degradation Mechanisms:  Wear, Corrosion, Oxidation
  • Mechanisms of Interaction
  • The Four Tribosystems and Procedures for Dealing with Each
  • Wear classifications and Categories
  • Types of Corrosion and Their Effects
  • Coatings and Substrate Treatments to Reduce Wear
  • Coating Advantages/Disadvantages, Process Variables, Limitations, Costs and Environmental Considerations
  • Cleaning and Surface Preparation
  • Diffusion Methods, Materials and Applications
  • Electroplating
  • Mechanical Vapor Deposition: Pulsed Electrode Surfacing
  • Physical Vapor Deposition: Ion Plating, Ion Sputtering, Ion Implantation, Ion Evaporation Chemical Vapor Deposition: Infiltration
  • Thermal Spray: Plasma, Flame, LPPS, HVOF
  • Gas Diffusion Processes: Carburizing, Nitriding, Carbon nitriding, Boriding, Siliconizing
  • Lasers and Diamond Processes
  • Mechanical Surface Treatments
  • Advanced and Emerging Treatment Technologies
  • Characterization Overview
  • Group Workshop/Discussion

Other AMA Courses.   Designed for non metallurgists, the AMA Professional Course Series takes the mystery out of metallurgy and advanced materials. Guaranteed to sharpen skills and techniques, they are designed to help your employees achieve a higher level of performance, faster. Introductory level courses provide employees with focused application of skills on typical functional assignments. The more advanced, intensive course versions complement the core curriculum, with the focus on the study of particular skill sets in greater depth. Advanced Materials Associates Continuing Education Courses include:



Custom tailored in-house training.   Companies and organizations are being confronted with a plethora of challenges and opportunities that did not exist in times past. That is why those who are serious about success understand the cost savings, value and return on investment of a strong on site professional development/continuing education program. Whether your goal is to establish and build a training program or strengthen your company's existing professional development training, more profitably, Advanced Materials Associates can tailor a course program to your firm's specific needs and objectives.  Additional information about our corporate training program is available here.




To explore the ways in which our professional development courses can take your key employees beyond the scope of their own experience, and help them identify ways to improve and enhance productivity, please contact AMA CEO, Dr. Jacob Stiglich.

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