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........ published in NEWSLETTER # 61

by Professor Y. Pauleau, Penn State University, State College/PA (U.S.A.)

This volume contains the proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) held at Alvor, Portugal, from May 30 to June 5, 1996. This NATO-ARW, which resulted in a recent volume of the NATO ASI SERIES (NATO ASI SERIES 3-21), was an expert meeting on the surface protection and modification of solid materials subjected to interactions with the environment. The existing knowledge and current status of the science and technology related to protective coatings and thin films are assessed through a series of papers distributed over various sessions dealing with: (a) plasma- assisted physical and chemical vapor deposition processes to enhance wear and corrosion protection of materials, (b) low friction coatings operating in hostile environment (vacuum, space, extreme temperatures, ...), (c) polymer films for protection against mechanical damage and chemical attack, (d) characterization of the structure of films and correlations with mechanical properties, (e) wear and corrosion resistant thermal spray coatings, (f) functional gradient ceramic/metallic coatings produced by high energy laser beam and energetic deposition processes for high temperature applications, (g) protective coatings for optical systems, and (h) ion beam assisted deposition of coatings for protection of materials against aqueous corrosion.

Papers given by scientists from research centers of industrial companies place particular emphasis on the "functionality" of protective coatings, limitations of conventional deposition techniques and coating materials for advanced applications, desirable coatings for future generations of systems or devices, novel coating materials, new deposition processes and surface treatment techniques fulfilling the requirements for future applications. Fundamental, scientific, technical as well as economic aspects involved in R&D and applications of protective coatings fitting to new technology or needs are evoked and discussed in detail.

The need for cooperation between European scientists involved in "Surface and Interface Engineering" and the need for improved education or competence of engineers and scientists in the field of protective coatings were clearly recognized during this meeting. The major suggestions and recommendations related to directions for future research and development on protective coatings identified for various group discussions are summarized and included at the end of this volume. This book may contribute to improve the knowledge of scientists, researchers and engineers working on surface treatments and protective coatings required for various applications.
Reference books: 3-21, B14, B163, B266, E234, E284, E290, E331

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