SEAM aims to solve crucial surface engineering problems, such as the design, fabrication, testing, analysis, and pathways towards value-added applications, all of which enable the Australian manufacturing industry to be more efficient and profitable in the global marketplace.
To spearhead enrichment of Australia’s manufacturing industry, SEAM research will draw upon a global surface engineering expert network that covers Australasia, Asia, Europe, and North America.
SEAM has four goals aligned with its initiative toward the industrialisation of academic outcomes.
Three surface engineering themes form the technological foundation of SEAM, which promotes interaction between and among these technologies.
THEME 1: Nanoscale surface modifications and thin films such as PVD and CVD are used in applications ranging from films for bacterial and infection control, to microelectronics, to hard coatings for the machining industries.
THEME 2: Thick coatings are manufactured by laser and thermal spray technologies. These overlays are used in heavy industries, mining, and in commercial transportation for repair and remanufacturing of components.
THEME 3: Additive manufacturing (AM) is a layer-by-layer deposition process that creates a new surface. The two prime AM technologies explored include laser technology and cold spray. These are considered the most challenging because they involve fabricating near-net artefacts from difficult to process metals such as titanium alloys.