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Undergraduate Course: Surface Engineering and Coatings 5 (MECE11018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummarySolid materials interact with their environment through their surface phase. Surface engineering involves the methods and techniques used to alter, characterise and test the properties of material surfaces. Coatings play a major role as they provide the means to develop robust surfaces with special properties in order to not only protect materials from environmental and operational degradation but also to develop new functionalities. Applications include: advanced tribological coatings combining low friction and wear, adhesive coatings for structural engineering, self-cleaning surfaces, antibiofouling coatings.
Course description Topics to be covered:

Surface structure and roughness
Surface metrology and characterisation
Contact and indentation mechanics
Adhesion and wetting
Superhydrophobic surfaces
Friction, wear and lubrication
Polymer coatings, self-assembly and surface patterning
Measuring surface forces
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written exam: 80 %
Coursework: 20%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and use fundamental concepts of surfaces, interfaces and coatings to create engineering solutions to related industrial needs;
  2. Analyse and critically assess surface engineering problems;
  3. Understand and apply the methods used in the development and use of coating technology;
  4. Appreciate cutting-edge research in the area of surface engineering and coatings;
  5. Use surface engineering methods and coating technologies to investigate new and emerging technologies.
Reading List
Tribology on the small scale: a modern textbook on friction, lubrication and wear. C. Mathew Mate and Robert W. Carpick. Second edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford; 2019
Introduction to tribology. Bharat Bhushan. Second edition, Wiley, Chicheste, West Sussex, United Kingdom; 2013
Intermolecular and surface forces. Jacob N. Israelachvili. 3rd. ed., Academic Press, Waltham, MA; 2011
Organic coatings: science and technology. Frank N. Jones, Mark E. Nichols, Socrates Peter Pappas, and Dean C. Webster. Fourth edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ, USA; 2017
Atomic Force Microscopy. Bert Voigtländer. 2nd ed., Springer International Publishing, Cham; 2019
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Vasileios Koutsos
Tel: (0131 6)50 8704
Course secretaryMiss Catherine Davidson
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