The CCRM research group has over 30 years of experience in the field of corrosion, degradation and protection of advanced materials, such as steels, light alloys and metal matrix composites. The Group’s research output and results of knowledge transfer to industry have been acknowledged as that of a Group of Excellence by the national research group accreditation system.
The Group is interested in alloy engineering and tailoring of surface protective and functional properties. A range of available facilities for that purpose include accelerated atmospheric corrosion tests, in-vitro corrosion, tribological equipment and access to alloy manufacturing facilities. Specific areas of research include development of new alloys, focussing on the role of alloying elements and new processing routes, such as semisolid and additive manufacturing for transport and biomedical applications. The CCRM Group specializes in advanced surface treatments that include anodizing and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) combined with conversion coating and sol-gel methods for active protection of Al-, Mg- and Ti-based substrates.
The Group’s collaboration network include international centres of excellence such as UoM (U.K.), HZG (Germany), TuDelft (Netherlands) and industrial partners such as CIDAUT (Spain), Akzo Nobel (Netherlands) and Henkel (Germany).