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EPSRC Reference: GR/L86623/01
Title: JREI: MAGNETRON SPUTTERING FACILITY FOR ANODIC OXIDATION AND CORROSION STUDIES
Principal Investigator: Skeldon, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Thompson, Professor GE Wood, Professor G
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Pre Nexus Migration
Department: Corrosion and Protection Centre
Organisation: UMIST
Scheme: JREI
Starts: 28 February 1998 Ends: 27 February 2001 Value (£): 85,490
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
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A versatile magnetron sputtering unit is required to enhance immediately the applicants' leading activities in the multidisciplinary field of anodic oxidation of lightweight alloys. The facility will allow the work to be extended to alloy compositions encompassing bulk alloys, enabling interactions of alloying elements at alloy/oxide film interfaces prior to oxidation, incorporation and transport across amorphous oxide films under intense electric fields. Such studies will provide the platform for the applicants' research for many years, with extensive collaboration, allowing the necessary arsenal of approaches to understand the thermodynamics and kinetics of oxidation of alloy elements, in the presence and absence of initial enrichment on the nanometre scale at the alloy/film interface. The findings are of key relevance in all market sectors of aluminium and have crucial roles in pre-treatment and finishing processes for durable products under the very diverse service conditions. Thus, the fundamental and strategic studies impact strongly on the Foresight Priorities across several sectors, with improved performance of lightweight materials and surface engineering being particularly relevant in the short to mid-term.
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