Laboratory of Thermal Spray and Functional Coatings
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
Laboratory of Thermal Spray and Functional Coatings is engaged in R&D activities focusing on advanced thermal spraying processes development, parameters optimization and industrial applications. Our team is carrying out fundamental and applied research in order to understand specific features of coating structure formation, properties evaluation, and performance relations based on engineering methodologies.
Develop practice-oriented numerical models and process digital replicas (Digital Twins) for thermal spraying processes
Optimize parameters for aqueous suspensions and solution precursors spraying to produce multi-phase layered- and columnar- like structures
Design powder feedstock materials and develop functional coatings intended for industrial applications and requiring resistance to wear, heat, and corrosion
We are currently looking for enthusiastic students (at both MSc and PhD levels) to join a research group at the laboratory of thermal spray coatings. Please contact Anna Matiushenko, Manager for Educational Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
The laboratory is equipped with one-of-kind thermal spraying processes along with diagnostic accessories to monitor technology’ process parameters. This enables to utilize scientific competencies, process simulation and laboratory practices to deliver with innovation capacity toward leveraging manufacturing and production industry needs.
The TriplexPro-210 is a universal, all-purpose plasma gun that incorporates three essential design elements: - Cascaded arc chamber; - Divided arc current; - Standard, exchangeable nozzles.
TriplexPro-210 produces the widest range of high-quality atmospheric plasma coatings in the industry. A variety of spray velocities and plume shapes can be achieved with the selection of available nozzles.
SmartArc Advanced Electric Wire Arc Thermal Spray System The SmartArc is a state-of-the-art, advanced electric wire arc spray system for high productivity that produces repeatable coatings of unsurpassed quality.The high power capacity (400 A) allows SmartArc to deposit coatings from both hard and soft wires very quickly and economically. Hard wire coatings produced using the SmartArc system have excellent bond strength, high hardness, low porosity and are easily machined. When soft wires are used, exceptionally high coatings rates of up to 32 kg/h are possible.
Top-Jet 2 – Flame Spray System Top-Jet is a versatile, compact, and powerful flame spray gun that feeds a range of Flexicords and wires, from soft tin to stiff materials like molybdenum. Top-Jet spray guns are versatile and can go from spraying tin to ceramic in 30 seconds. The lightweight Top-Jet is ideal for complicated shapes, either in-shop or on-site environment. It is equally well suited for large surface jobs or precision spraying while offering excellent coverage rates & high-quality surface finishing.
ABB IRB 2600 - industrial 6 axis robot
The IRB 2600 features an optimized compact design, an ultra-wide working range and a payload capacity up to 20 kg. The highly accurate ABB IRB 2600 increases production through high process speeds. The ABB software, TrueMove, is used for ultimate motion control. Maximum acceleration is achieved by the new lower body weight of the arm.
It also offers the best accuracy and speed in its class, improving productivity through increased output, faster cycle times, and lower scrap rates. The ABB IRB 2600 is particularly suited for arc welding, machine tending, material handling and a variety of process applications.
Cold Gas Dynamic Spray
Cold Gas Dynamic Spray (CGDS) is a unique coating process in which spray particles in a solid-state are deposited on a substrate, via high-velocity impact, at temperatures lower than the melting point of the powder feedstock materials. A unique feature of cold spraying is its ability to generate a wide range of deposition layer thicknesses, ranging from tens of microns and up to millimeters. In this regard, this process extends beyond the concept of 'coating' a substrate, providing a means for developing three-dimensional structures in a manner of additive manufacturing. The great practical interest of CGDS application is focused on determining the dependence of gas dynamic spray operating conditions on the coating layer microstructure and specific features of its structure formation. The laboratory equipped with two CGDS system: - In-hose build Medium Pressure Cold Spray; - DYMET 421 Low Pressure Cold Spray.
Biologic SP-150 is a versatile, high-specification, research-grade potentiostat. The potentiostat control and analysis software enables to perform all standard electrochemical techniques as well as a host of specialized procedures and analyses. This unit allows to successfully characterize metallic corrosion which occurs via electrochemical reactions at the interface between the metal and an electrolyte solution.
Control voltage: ±10 V adjustable between[-20; to +20] V (standard); up to 60 V with FlexP0060/FlexP0160
Voltage resolution: 5 µV on 200 mV range
Compliance: ±10 V adjustable between [-20; to +20] V (standard)
Current ranges: 1 A to 10 µA (standard)
Maximum current: ±1 A; up to 800 A with four FlexP0012
Current resolution: 0.760 nA
Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)
Frequency range: 1 MHz down to 10 µHz
Up to 2 channels
Connection 2,3,4,5 terminal lead
Best acquisition time: 20 µs with OEM package
Stability control mode (7 bandwidths)
Grit Blasting Cabinets
All-welded blast cabinet, assembled ready to use with hopper mounted suction blast system, GX manual blast gun, GXT-8 tungsten carbide nozzle, lined rubber gloves RGS-600, pneumatic pilot operated control valve, foot valve with remote control hoses.
Interior Dimensions — 750x520x660 mm Overall Dimensions — 950x680x1660 mm Electrical connection — 0,1 kW, 230V~ Standard load capacity — 350 kg
Shaking Mixer C 2.0 "Turbula" is a laboratory-class equipment with a 2.6 liters bowl. A distinctive feature of C 2.0 is the effective mixing of components inside the bowl due to its complex spatial movement.
Our Research Projects
Synergy of engineering science and digital technologies aimed at the development of a simulation-driven design of advanced materials, structures