If you need to select the best coating for a particular application, software from the National Surface Engineering Centre might be able to assist you in your task.

The Centre has put its knowledge of coating selection in an Expert System, which it calls SurfSage. In use, it is designed to help engineers consider wear and corrosion requirements against external parameters such as operational temperature.

The latest version includes data on coatings related to pre- and post-treatments, relative cost and the environmental implications of using certain coatings. Not only that, it will explain why it has rejected other solutions.

The system is not sold commercially, but can be accessed by members of the Centre on the helpline listed at the end of the article.

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