The methodologies and strategies for the development of novel material systems and coatings for applications in extreme environments - a critical review

Marina Urbina, Antonio Rinaldi, Santiago Cuesta-Lopez, Arcadii Sobetkii, Anca Elena Slobozeanu, Peter Szakalos, Yi Qin, Mythili Prakasam, Radu-Robert Piticescu, Cedric Ducros, Alain Largeteau

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The aim of this paper is to present a critical analysis of existing methodologies, approaches and strategies used to develop materials systems and coatings for uses in extreme environments. The extreme or harsh conditions encompass a large variety of in-service forms such as: extreme temperatures, abrasion, corrosion, impact and radiation that can exist in various applications such as those associated with aerospace and aeronautical engineering, land and marine transport, manufacturing machinery, and even microelectronics products. This article describes how working environment and required service performance of a particular part or structure could affect the choice of materials and surfaces to which it is composed. In addition, the paper explains the relevance that abusive working environments have for industry, especially relating to their costs, being followed by an overview of surface deposition approaches that are currently popularly used to improve performance of mechanical devices that need to combat adverse conditions. Finally, a material system and three kinds of protective coatings that could be used in applications in extreme conditions are described. The critical review is an outcome of the strategic review from the EU H2020 SUPERMAT project which deals with materials and manufacture for the products/structural parts used in extreme conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Number of pages14
JournalManufacturing Review
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2018


  • extreme environment
  • material system
  • surface treatment
  • coating
  • economic impact

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