Thermal spray applications for engineering coatings in the automotive and transport industry
Engineering coatings are commonly defined as a coating that alters the surface properties of the item being sprayed. This could be a coating to decrease the wear rate of an item or to act as a thermal barrier coating.
Engineering coatings are also commonly used to restore the physical dimensions on worn items to reclaim/repair them.
In a typical engine, thermal spray or laser clad coatings can be used to repair crankshafts; produce hard wearing valve seats; prevent cylinder bore wear; coat piston rings to make them harder wearing; re-surface cylinder heads, repair camshaft bearings and re-surface clutch pressure plates.
Another long-standing application is the coating of wear areas on gearbox synchro-ring selector forks.
In the railway industry, train points are metal spray coated as well as re-claiming worn axle bearings and wheel mounts.
An increasingly common application is the spraying of ceramic thermal barrier coatings onto exhaust manifolds. The thermal barrier coating helps to keep exhaust temperature within the exhaust system and hence reduce the temperature within the engine bay which can give significant performance enhancement, particularly in performance and motorsport applications.
Below is a small selection of the very large number of potential automotive and transport industry engineering coating applications. If you don’t see your exact application but are inspired to see the possibilities that may assist you, please feel free to reach out to us by phone or email.
Reason for use: Thermal barrier coating of exhaust components Download PDF Metallisation customer, Woof Thermal Management Technology, has applied well proven plasma ceramic coatings technology to high performance automotive applications, to provide highly effective thermal barriers in extreme conditions. Related Products Met-PCC(PLAS) View Product Metallisation Ceramic Coatings Woof Thermal Management Technology, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, provides premium specialist coatings and engineering services to industry and end users. The plasma ceramic coatings range has been developed for the nuclear industry,…Read More
Application Data Sheets
Reason for use: Repair of worn pressed steel clutch levers Download PDF Related Products Arcspray 340(16)-PLC View Product Arcspray 145/S345-CL View Product The electric arc metal spray reclamation of clutch and many other automotive components has now become common practice. Clutch release levers have been reclaimed by the Arcspray Process for well over 10 years on a fully commercial basis by clutch re-manufacturing specialists. In use the Clutch release lever will wear on its operative face taking it below acceptable…Read More
Reason for use: Widely used on modern aero engines and land based turbines. Applied to vehicle components to reduce heat transfer and improve vehicle performance. Thermal Barrier Coating (TBCs) are ceramic materials which are widely used on modern aero engines and land based turbines. They can also be applied to vehicle exhausts, turbocharger casings, heat shields and other vehicle components to reduce heat transfer and improve vehicle performance. Heat soak from hot exhaust systems transfers into other vehicle components causing…Read More
Reason for use: Repair of worn, mis-machined or obsolete crankshafts Download PDF Related Products Met-PCC(PLAS) View Product Further Reading The Reclamation Of Crankshafts By Arcspraying The reclamation of crankshafts by Flamespray The reclamation of crankshafts by the powder flamespray process The reclamation of crankshafts (and many other components) by plasma spraying can produce considerable savings over the replacement cost. 50% savings are common and on large components, as much as 90% may be saved. The need for reclamation may…Read More