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New insights into surface functionalities: Surface Engineering Days in Tampere from 31 Oct to 2 Nov

Diverse surface functionalities can be achieved through thermal spray coatings. With innovations bubbling up all the time, it has been estimated that less than 50 per cent of their potential applications are currently known. Surface Engineering Days highlights the latest research in the field.

In addition to paper mills, jet engines, and industrial gas turbines, thermal spray coatings are increasingly used in a variety of applications ranging from prosthetics to wind turbine blades. Thermal spray coatings improve the surface properties of components, as they can, for example, protect surfaces against heat, wear and corrosion, reduce friction, enhance electrical conductivity or make surfaces biocompatible.   

Surface Engineering Days explores the hottest trends in surface engineering now and tomorrow. The event takes place in Tampere, Finland, from 31 October to 2 November. The three-day event gathers together leading surface engineering experts from industry and research organizations from all over the world.

Focus on industrial applications and the latest coating technologies

The event showcases the latest advancements in coating technologies and thermal spray coating, ranging from high-kinetic coating processes (HVAF, HVOF, cold spray) to coating materials and their properties. One of the prestigious keynote speakers on the first day is Sanjay Sampath from the University of Stony Brook, USA. He will give a talk about how the latest coating technologies are quickly made available to industry in the USA.

The event will also explore the latest industrial applications of coatings. Jussi Larjo (Oseir) and Petri Sorsa (Millidyne) represent companies that have sprung out of TUT. They will discuss, among others, how thermal spraying technologies enable their companies to offer new functionalities and bring added value to customers.

Hub of thermal spray expertise in Tampere

Tampere University of Technology has a three-decade-long history of conducting research on thermal spray technologies and educating new professionals for industry and academia. The TUT campus is home to the Thermal Spray Center Finland (TSCF), which is jointly administered by the University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. TSCF’s laboratory has recently undergone a major renovation, and the plans for next year include the implementation of new cold spray equipment. TSCF is an evolving research environment that offers researchers and companies access to state-of-the-art facilities for R&D purposes.

Finnish expertise in thermal spraying has attracted international recognition. The American Society of Materials (ASM), the world's largest association of metals-centric materials engineers and scientists, inducted TUT Professor Petri Vuoristo into their Thermal Spray Hall of Fame in 2017. He is the first person from the Nordic countries to receive this prestigious award.

Surface Engineering Days is organized by Tampere University of Technology (TUT), the European Thermal Spray Association (ETSA) and two TUT-based organizations, the Thermal Spray Center Finland (TSCF) and Tampere Wear Center (TWC). The event is expected to draw 80-100 visitors.

Surface Engineering Days

Time: 31 October – 2 November 2017.

Place: Tampere University of Technology (31 Oct) and Museum Centre Vapriikki (1-2 Nov).

More details and registration:

Further information: Professor Petri Vuoristo, tel. +358 40 849 0044,

News submitted by: Anna Naukkarinen
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