Treatment of the main problems and limitations currently identified in the field of PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating technology to improve the mechanical performance and durability of components and tools used mainly in the metal-mechanic sector.

The project develops an innovative PVD hard coating technology that allows high thicknesses of up to 100 microns to be achieved at high deposition rates (20 microns/hour), enabling its application in new industrial sectors that were previously unapproachable.

This innovation constitutes a real, technically, economically and environmentally viable alternative to other coating technologies that, like hexavalent hard chromate, present serious problems of toxicity and environmental pollution.

PVD allows the application of dense, well-adhered coatings with high hardness, low friction and high resistance to wear and corrosion.

Eurecat participates in the THICK-COAT project through its Metallic and Ceramic Materials Unit, in charge of developing an innovative cathodic arc evaporation source, as well as the morphological and mechanical characterisation of the coatings obtained with this new source.

In addition to Eurecat, the project consortium is formed by the company Tratamientos Térmicos Carreras S.A.


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THICK-COAT – Development of innovative PVD hard coating technology

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Programme and call for tender

Project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the call “R+D+i Projects in Public-Private Collaboration“, State Program to Promote Scientific and Technical Research and its Transfer, from the State Plan for Scientific, Technical Research and Innovation 2021-2023, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan