Surface Engineering embraces those processes which modify the surfaces of engineering components to improve their in-service performance, useful working lifetimes, aesthetic appearance or economics of production. It means 'modifying the surface' of a material or component to confer surface properties which are different from the bulk properties. The purpose may be to minimise corrosion, reduce frictional energy losses, reduce wear, act as a diffusion barrier, provide thermal insulation, exclude certain wavelengths of radiation, promote radiation electronic interactions, electrically insulate or simply improve the aesthetic appearance for the surface.
This guide concentrates on engineering applications, where the main concern is with the potential of surface damage; i.e. damage that might occur by corrosion, wear or any other aspect of the environment.
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