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Innovative Coating Technologies
This program will strengthen existing capability and develop breakthrough technology in the field of continuous coil coating for steel. Fundamental knowledge on microstructure development in hot dip coatings through thermodynamic and phase field modelling will be developed, and novel structure refinement techniques to improve coated product performance will be explored. Surface engineering of coatings will lead to novel modified surface technologies resulting in world-leading Chromium free passivation systems for Al-Zn coated steel.
These projects aim to understand the mechanisms responsible for the development of stable coatings of optimal thickness during continuous coatings processes. The resealed mechanisms will be used to develop processing parameters that minimise the occurrence of surface defects associated with coating instability
Program Leader (Academic): David St John
Program Leader (Industry): Jason Hodges