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Ceram has published a paper outlining how techniques for the chemical and topographical characterisation of surfaces and interfaces can help the aerospace industry reduce its environmental impact.

‘How Surface Characterisation is Helping the Aerospace Industry Achieve Environmental Targets’ examines the application of surface-analysis techniques on composite material development, coating formulation and substrate characterisation.

This kind of analysis plays an important role in the effort to develop new, ‘greener’ materials, components and technologies for the aerospace industry.

Author of the paper, Dr Chris Pickles, general manager of Ceram Surface and Materials Analysis, said: ‘The green agenda continues to have a strong influence on developments in aerospace.

‘The Reach directive, along with other regulatory pressures, is aiming for the removal of chromium from anti-corrosion coatings by 2013, and fuel-burn reduction is driving the development of lighter-weight composites.

‘The understanding of surface and interface functionality underpins many of the technological advances that are supporting these developments, as is described in this white paper.’
The white paper provides an insight into how surface-analysis techniques provide characterisation analysis to inform the development of new technologies and materials and to provide problem-solving investigation of materials that are not performing optimally.

Ceram offers: expertise and technologies that specialise in surface and interface analysis; multi-element depth profiling; elemental and molecular imaging; surface topography; materials selection and characterisation; verification, validation and manufacturing support; and performance/failure evaluation.

CERAM is a global expert in materials testing, analysis and consultancy,providing customised solutions that can help you to measurably improveperformance and profitability through safer, regulatory-compliant andbetter-engineered products.

Setting new standards in materials testing, our experts work as extensionsof our clients’ teams, applying their expertise and capabilities to a widerange of sectors, including:

aerospace & defence

automotive & transport


consumer & retail


energy & environment


materials manufacturing



Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, with laboratories and offices around theworld, CERAM employs a team of research and product developmentprofessionals who are involved in physical and chemical materials testing,research, process engineering, product design and failure analysis.

We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory (No. 0013) in the UK and haveCERAM-accredited laboratories around the world.

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