Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Advanced surface engineering

Overall Course Objectives

The aim of the course is to enable the students to:
a) characterize the different processes of surface technology with respect to their potential and limitations,
b) tailor surface properties with Surface Engineering principles,
c) propose innovative surface engineering solutions to optimize materials properties and performance, also taking environmental sustainability into account.

The course enables the students to work purposefully in professional networks on solving materials challenges in many fields, among which machine and tooling industry, medico-technology, joining of materials (welding, soldering and bonding), chemical industry, off shore, etc. The course enables the participants to solve wear, tribology and corrosion problems.

Learning Objectives

  • classify surface technology processes and coatings systematically
  • account for production processes for various types of surface modifications based on electrochemical, chemical, physical, thermal and mechanical methods, and combinations thereof
  • specify surface engineering solutions for complex materials challenges
  • acquire research-based knowledge within specific areas of surface engineering
  • identify significant challenges concerned with interactions between the coating and the base material (fatigue, hydrogen embrittlement, corrosion etc.)
  • calculate material and energy consumption in connection with deposition processes
  • apply multidisciplinary knowledge from physics, chemistry, mechanics, medico-technology, design etc. to create innovative solutions involving surface engineering
  • evaluate alternative surface engineering strategies for achieving specific materials performance

Course Content

The course deals with the following surface technologies: chemical/electrochemical processes, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, ion implantation, thermal spraying, mechanical treatments, anodizing, hot dip galvanizing and thermochemical processes, as well as their typical applications as: hard, wear and (high temperature) corrosion resistant coatings, high temperature coatings.
The course enables the student to select an appropriate surface technology for a specific application.
Improvements of the surface qualities by either deposition of thin/thick coatings or surface modifications of the original material will be evaluated with respect to, for example, wear, corrosion, electric conductivity, soldering/brazing, reflection, friction.
Sustainability and life cycle problems are discussed in connection with the different processes.
The processes are illustrated with several cases form industry and scientific research.

Recommended prerequisites

41650/41659/41681/41683/41680/41686/41661/41664/41662, Materials Science or metals technology

Teaching Method



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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41669
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Tues 8-12

7.500,00 DKK