CBE & MSE Seminar: Thermal Spray as an Additive and Layered Manufacturing Technology for Applications in Energy Systems

McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium (MDEA)
Sanjay Sampath

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Center for Thermal Spray Research
Stony Book University, Stony Brook, NY


Abstract: Thermal spraying is a directed melt-spray deposition process, in which inorganic particles in the diameter range of 1-100 microns are heated, melted (in some cases partially), propelled and impacted onto a prepared substrate. A rapid sequence of events occurs including: melting, impact (in some cases shock), spreading and rapid solidification, all of which take place in microsecond timescales, enabling materials synthesis from extreme conditions. The sprayed coating results from successive assemblages of such microscale impacted droplets (splats) producing mesoscale-thick films or coatings. The coatings thus produced are anisotropic, layered structures with multiple length scales of material character and interfacial defects, with concomitant implications on properties. The layered assembly also imparts gradients in residual stresses within the thickness of the coating. These effects are in large part deemed “unintentional” and incorporated in many applications with limited manipulation.

With advancements in understanding of process dynamics and the ability to control microstructures at both the splat and coating levels, a fresh opportunity is available to engineer the layered assembly to provide novel through-thickness properties and functionalities. In a sense, thermal spray can be considered within the context of emerging additive manufacturing concepts where the characteristics of the assembly can be manipulated across different available length scales. In this presentation, several embodiments of such concepts will be shown using the interplay among coating architecture design, materials and manufacturing. Specific examples include novel multilayer, multifunctional thermal barrier coatings, multifunctional coatings in fuel cells, thermoelectric devices and smart coatings with embedded sensors. Illustrative examples of their applicability in industrial systems also will be highlighted.

Bio: Sanjay Sampath currently is a Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering at Stony Brook University (SUNY) and director of the Center for Thermal Spray Research (www.sunysb.edu/ctsr), an interdisciplinary industry-university partnership in the field of thermal spray materials processing and surface engineering. CTSR was created in 1996 through the National Science Foundation’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers. Sampath received his Ph.D. degree from Stony Brook in materials science in 1989. After graduating, he spent four years at GTE Sylvania involved in research, development and processing of refractory metal compounds and composites. Upon joining the faculty at Stony Brook University in 1993, he has directed research efforts on various federal and industrially funded programs. Under the auspices of the NSF center, Sampath directed a group of a dozen or so interdisciplinary faculty members towards fundamental understanding of thermal spray processes, materials and applications. The self-sustaining (since 2005) CTSR  is home to the industrial Consortium for Thermal Spray Technology comprising 35 leading companies aimed at knowledge transfer from fundamental research to applications. Sampth was also principal investigator on the DARPA Mesoscale Integrated Conformal Electronics (MICE) project enabling 3D printing of sensors via direct-write thermal spray technology. He has 180 journal publications to his credit, 13 patents and has won several best paper awards. He has advised more than 40 MS and PHD students, more than 20 postdoctoral fellows and more than 100 undergraduates. Sampath received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for excellence in scholarship and creative activities in its inaugural year, was elected a fellow of ASM International, received the 2007 R&D 100 award for developing direct-write technology and was inducted as a fellow of the American Ceramic Society. In 2011, he was recognized as a State University of New York Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty designation of the SUNY system. In 2015, Sampath was inducted into the Thermal Spray Society Hall of Fame, and in 2017, he received the Application to Practice Award from TMS the Materials Society.

Host: Daniel Mumm