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The hardest requirements on a material are generally imposed at the surface: it has to be wear resistant for tools and bearings, corrosion resistant for turbine blades, antireflecting for solar cells and be able to combine several of these properties in other applications. Surface engineering is the general term that incorporates all the techniques by which a surface modification can be accomplished. This book compares all the techniques of surface engineering. The fundamental aspects discussed include nucleation and film growth, structural zone models, interfacial structures and adhesion. Surface engineering techniques such as nitriding, boriding, carburising, ion implantation and chemical and plasma enhanced vapour deposition are described. Special emphasis is given to physical vapour deposition. Furthermore, plasma spraying, laser beam processing and hybrid processes are treated. Characterising procedures are presented with some examples from industrial practice such as high temperature and corrosion resistant, decorative and diamond and diamond-like coatings.

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Authors: GISSLER W, JRC Ispra (IT);JEHN H A (EDITORS), Forschungsinstitut für Edelmetalle und Metallchemie, Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14658 EN (1992) 402 pp.
Availability: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, P.O. Box 322, 3300 AH Dordrecht (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 0-7923-2006-9
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