Special Issue "10th Anniversary of Coatings: Invited Papers in "Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification" Section"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Giorgos Skordaris
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Laboratory for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: coatings for cutting tools and machine elements, FEA modelling; superficial treatments; characterization of coated tool's strength, fatigue and adhesion properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

First issued in 2011, Coatings is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In this first decade, the journal has managed to attract and publish numerous innovative works related to various domains of disciplines in which the application of coatings gives an added value. Through the devoted work of its Editorial Board, journal staff, and reviewers, our journal Coatings has become a leading publisher in the field.

“Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification” is one of the biggest sections of Coatings, and was founded in October 2019 by Prof. Dr. Giorgos Skordaris. Since its inception, 308 papers have been published in this section. The scope of Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification comprises various coating deposition processes and surface treatments as well as microstructural/properties characterization and performance studies of the modified or treated surfaces. Both experimental and theoretical studies are covered. Moreover, the development of novel characterization devices that are specifically designed to evaluate the structural and other properties of modified surfaces are welcome.

This Special Issue is set up to mark the 10th anniversary of Coatings. It is devoted to the rapid publication of scientific papers pertaining to surface and interface engineering for modifying the superficial properties of materials in order to attain protection under demanding contact conditions and/or to improve functional performance. If you would like to be invited to submit an article for review and potential publication in the "10th Anniversary of Coatings: Invited Papers in ‘Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification’ Section", please send the abstract of your paper to the Guest Editor or reach out to our Editorial Office. Please write “10th Anniversary: Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification” in the subject line of your email.

Prof. Dr. Giorgos Skordaris
Guest Editor

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Experimental Study Regarding the Possibility of Blocking the Diffusion of Sulfur at Casting-Mold Interface in Ductile Iron Castings
Coatings 2021, 11(6), 673; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings11060673 - 01 Jun 2021
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The main objective of this work is to investigate the mechanism of sulfur diffusion from the mold (sand resin P-toluol sulfonic acid mold, sulfur-containing acid) in liquid cast iron in order to limit the graphite degeneration in the surface layer of iron castings. [...] Read more.
The main objective of this work is to investigate the mechanism of sulfur diffusion from the mold (sand resin P-toluol sulfonic acid mold, sulfur-containing acid) in liquid cast iron in order to limit the graphite degeneration in the surface layer of iron castings. A pyramid trunk with square section samples was cast. On the opposite side of the feed canal of the samples, steel sheets with different thicknesses (0.5, 1, and 3 mm) were inserted with the intention of blocking the diffusion of sulfur from the mold into the cast sample during solidification. The structure evaluation (graphite and matrix) in the surface layer and the casting body was recorded. The experimental results revealed that by blocking the direct diffusion of sulfur at the mold-casting interface, a decrease of the demodified layer thickness (for 0.5 mm steel sheet thickness) is obtained until its disappearance (for steel sheet thicknesses of more than 1 mm). The paper contains data that may be useful in elucidating the mechanism of graphite degeneration in the superficial layer of ductile iron castings. Based on the obtained results, we recommend using such barriers on the metal-mold interface, which are able to limit sulfur diffusion from the mold/core materials into the iron castings, in order to limit or even cease graphite degeneration in the Mg-treated surface iron casting layer. The paper presents additional data related to the interaction of sulfur at the ductile iron casting-mold interface previously analyzed. Full article
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