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Tuesday, July 30

PAINT: Partnership for Accelerated Insertion of New Technology

Sanjay Sampath, Ph.D., Center for Thermal Spray Research, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Materials Science & Technology Division
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM, Building 4500-S, Conference Room A-177
Contact: Amit Shyam (, 865.241.4841


Innovations in engineering systems, materials and manufacturing often experience slow transitions from research and development to manufacturing integration. In most cases, adaptations of new technology or innovation in these complex systems is tightly controlled by system producers with rigorous and lengthy testing, validation and implementation protocols. On the other hand, academia and small businesses play a significant role in invention and innovation, but often these advancements are disconnected from system issues, resulting in limited utilization. Clearly, effective communication among technology innovators and system integrators is necessary to ensure efficient adaptation of new technologies into the market place. In order to facilitate rapid incorporation of new technology, materials, and processes, engineers as well as designers must be given a greater degree of freedom to perpetuate innovation, which is only possible through the integration of all the players: OEM's, equipment manufacturers, and component and materials suppliers. The Center for Thermal Spray Research (CTSR) at Stony Brook University has established the PAINT concept to shrink the product development and innovation life cycles for the focused area of thermal spray technology. Thermal spray is a widely used industrial technology for the protection of engineering components and incorporation of functional surfaces. CTSR through its Industrial Consortium for Thermal Spray Technology brings together academia, small business and industry in a pre-competitive setting to:

• Rapidly examine the value proposition of new technology insertion across the supply chain to demonstrate business benefits(e.g. efficiency, reliability improvements);

• Enable identification of critical implementation issues and adaptation requirements for innovative new ideas and products;

• Establish knowledge-technology connections through innovative field trip programs and workforce training on advanced concepts.

Through illustrative examples, this presentation will cover PAINT studies in three areas: enhancing thermal barrier coating processing via diagnostics and feedback control, novel functional surfaces and sensors fabricated via thermal spray, and design of new generation damage tolerant coatings. Although these examples are specific to thermal spray, PAINT concepts can be generalized to other areas of materials and manufacturing.