Metal surfaces facility

  • Surface treatment/Heat treatment - fluidised bed furnaces (novel diffusion treatments, conventional surface treatments).
  • Wire drawing rig - measures friction during metal wire drawing, comparison of lubricant performance.
  • Crossed cylinders wear rig - wear of surfaces, performance of lubricants, comparisons of tool coatings.
  • Bend Under Tension Test - simulates sheet bending in sheet metal forming, measurements of friction, comparison of lubricants.
  • Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES) - measures elemental profiles through surfaces, quantitative analysis of coatings and surfaces.
  • Nanoindentor - measures nanohardness of surfaces, can accurately place indentor to measure (for example) individual grains.
  • Atomic Force Microscopy - measures surface topography.


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