The Center for Advanced Coatings (CAC) at Florida Institute of Technology is an interdisciplinary center integrating computational and laboratory methodologies for the improvement of the design, engineering, testing and manufacturing of advanced coatings.
In simple terms, an advanced coating is a layer of material that, when applied to an object, greatly increases that object's resilience to harsh physical and/or chemical conditions that would typically cause it to wear, warp or corrode. CAC's focus, typically, is on advanced coatings that provide resistance to extreme heat.
Advanced coatings have a wide range of industrial applications when a material is required for high temperature resistance, anti-corrosion, enhanced wearing resistance, or any other specialized needs. Coatings can be used in these situations to meet the mechanical, electrical, and/or chemical requirements while minimizing the need of expensive, virgin materials.
CAC has many years of experience in thermal spray coatings and testing for high temperature endurance. A good example is thermal barrier coatings (TBC), which are used to protect the hot components of gas turbine engines to enhance thermal efficiency and component service life.