This book, the second in the Woodhead Publishing Reviews: Mechanical Engineering Series, is a collection of high quality articles (full research articles, review articles, and cases studies) with a special emphasis on research and development materials and surface engineering and its applications. Surface engineering techniques are being used in the automotive, aircraft, aerospace, missile, electronic, biomedical, textile, petrochemical, chemical, moulds and dies, machine tools, and construction industries. Materials science is an interdisciplinary field involving the micro and nano-structure, processing, properties of materials and its applications to various areas of engineering, technology and industry. This book addresses all types of materials, including metals and alloys, polymers, ceramics and glasses, composites, nano-materials, biomaterials, etc. The relationship between micro and nano-structure, processing, properties of materials is discussed. Surface engineering is a truly interdisciplinary topic in materials science that deals with the surface of solid matter.

Key Features

  • Written by a highly knowledgeable and well-respected experts in the field
  • The diversity of the subjects of this book present a range of views based on international expertise


Material scientists; Surface engineers; Academics and researchers in the engineering field

Table of Contents

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About the contributors

Chapter 1: Scratch resistance of modified polymethylmethacrylate nanocomposites


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Experimental data

1.3 Scratch resistance

1.4 Wear mechanisms

1.5 Conclusions and future work

1.6 Acknowledgements

Chapter 2: Nanomechanical properties and nanoscale deformation of engineering metals and alloys


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Experimental data

2.3 Results and discussion

2.4 Conclusions

Chapter 3: Analysis of large-strain microindentation of crystalline polymers


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Experimental data

3.3 Analysis of large-strain microindentation deformation

3.4 Estimates of plastic properties of crystalline polymers by large-strain indentation

3.5 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Nanocomposite coatings: A review


4.1 What are nanocomposite coatings?

4.2 Main synthesis methods

4.3 Coating properties and characterization

4.4 Nanocomposite polymer coatings

4.5 Recent developments and industrial applications

4.6 Future trends

Chapter 5: Thermal sprayed WC-Co coatings for tribological application


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Thermal spray techniques

5.3 Characteristics of WC-Co coatings

5.4 Tribological performances of WC-Co coatings

5.5 Applications of WC-Co coatings

5.6 Future trends

Chapter 6: Tribological performance of electroless Ni-P coatings


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Friction behavior of electroless Ni-P coatings

6.3 Wear behavior of electroless Ni-P coatings

6.4 Electroless nickel bath characteristics and role of individual components

6.5 Optimization of tribological performance of electro


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About the editor

J Paulo Davim

Joao Paulo Davim received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto in 1997 and the Aggregation from the University of Coimbra in 2005. Currently, he is Aggregate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Aveiro and Head of MACTRIB - Machining and Tribology Research Group. He has more than 24 years of teaching and research experience in machining, tribology and manufacturing processes. He is the Editor of four international journals, and also guest editor, editorial board member, reviewer and scientific advisor for many international journals and conferences. He has also published more than 300 articles in SCI journals (h-index 15) and conferences.