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Surface engineering is a term used to cover technologies relating to surface modification, used to produce a design objective. This may be by the deposition of films and coatings or by changing the physical and chemical character of the top atomic layers at the surface. The aim is either to improve working performance or to extend the life of the component. In the case of electronics or information technologies, techniques such as the epitaxal growth of very thin modulated layers on a surface can be used to synthesise materials with totally new physical and electronic properties. Applications of surface engineering range through a wide spectrum of industrial manufacturing technologies.

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Authors: HONDROS E D, JRC Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: International Conference on Surface Engineering, Newcastle (GB), May 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37000 ORA
Record Number: 199210989 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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