Project: Metrology to assess the durability and function of engineered surfaces

An estimated loss of 2 % of GDP in developed countries is attributed to losses caused by friction and wear. Therefore, advances in surface engineering, such as low friction coatings on machine components will improve industrial efficiency and the sustainability of transport, power production and manufacturing. This project will develop advanced measurements from the macroscale to the nanoscale for the assessment of engineered surfaces. This will lead to an improvement of surface engineering, for example reducing downtime and waste in aluminium forging or increasing the lifetime of mining components used to drill for oil. There could also be health benefits, as high durability coatings can eliminate the health risks posed by contamination of food products during processing.

Acronym IND11 MADES (Reference Number: IND11)
Duration 01/08/2011 - 31/07/2014
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2010 - Industry and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Conservatoire national des arts et metiers Partner France
4 Teknologisk Institut Partner Denmark
5 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
6 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
7 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
8 Alicona Imaging GmbH Observer Austria
9 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen - Nürnberg Observer Germany
10 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Observer Finland