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Special Issue "Innovative Coatings for Automotive Industry"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017).
Dr. Nelson K. Akafuah Website E-Mail
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0503, USA
Interests: surface protection/preservation; coating appearance & integrity (thickness & adhesion); atomization; droplet transport; flow visualization
Automotive coatings have two important purposes—to protect the underlying metal or synthetic body panels from the harsh environment to which they are exposed, and to improve the appearance quality. The coating achieves these objects with only approximately 0.1 mm of coating film thickness. Factors, such as the chemistry and material composition of the paint, influence the quality of the coating. The appearance (color, gloss, and texture) of a coated surface greatly affects a customer’s perception of product quality. Appearance is very important in judging the quality of a car, and color is one of the most important considerations in determining appearance. Coating composition, together with the application procedures, paint film formation processes, and coated surface characteristics determine the appearance of a coating film. Automotive coating processes represent the cutting edge of application technology and paint formulation. However, the process remains very expensive, energy and time intensive, and highly wasteful (in terms of material). There are also associated environmental impacts to consider. New and emerging technologies must introduce sustainable multi-functional products, while improving the above shortcomings. Such innovations must streamline the coating process and reduce manufacturing costs.
Dr. Nelson K. Akafuah
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Coatings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- multifunctional coatings
- self-cleaning/healing coatings
- energy generating coatings
- paintshop dust/dirt control methods
- low energy usage ovens
- automated surface finish inspection methods
- low cost cleaning methods and/or materials for paint booths, conveyors, and fixtures
- new paint atomization technology