• Thursday, April 2, 2020
    4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event has been postponed due to the ongoing developments

relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Following the latest public health advice from the Federal and State Governments, the University of South Australia will be deferring all public events until further notice.  This means that the Surface Engineering Workshop, Lab Tour and Networking, scheduled for Thursday 2nd April will be postponed until further notice.

The University of SA will be in touch at a later date to advise when the event will go ahead.

Thank you for your support and understanding.



Surface Engineering is a sub-discipline of material science with applications in industries like: mining, oil & gas, steel, agriculture, automotive, etc. If a material degrades over time, it always starts from the surface as a result of interaction with the environment, causing wear and corrosion. Surface Engineering processes such as deposition welding, thermal spraying and thin film technologies in combination with smart material choices can significantly extend the components service life. Thus saving resources, time and money.

This free workshop features presentations from Dr Thomas Schläfer (LaserBond) specialist in laser cladding and thermal spraying as wear and corrosion processes used for protection in heavy industries. Professor Chris Berndt (Swinburne) will talk about surface engineering in marine and defence; and additive manufacturing as a multi-layer coating process. Mr George Carofano (Santos) will present the challenges in corrosion control of a 7,000 km pipeline network.

The workshop kicks off with a lab tour through the Future Industries Institute (limited numbers please RSVP), followed by technical presentations from experts in their field and conclude with a networking event, including drinks and nibbles, and the opportunity to visit the brand new Industry 4.0 lab.

Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) is a Government funded training centre (ARC ITTC) to train the next generation of engineers. This 5-year project aspires to be the model centre that integrates industry-university cooperation for applied training within an industrial setting, bringing commercial benefit to industries.


4 to 5pm – Lab tour (limited numbers so please RSVP)
5 to 7pm – Surface engineering workshop presentations
7 to 9pm – Networking drinks & nibbles


Dr Thomas Schläfer, LaserBond Ltd: Laser Cladding and Thermal Spraying as Surfacing Technologies for wear and corrosion protection of components in heavy industries

Prof Chris C. Berndt, Swinburne University of Technology: Surface Engineering in marine and defence; Additive Manufacturing as a multi-layer coating process

George Carofano, Santos: Microbial induced corrosion in pipelines and material selection for corrosion protection

Case studies will demonstrate how surface engineering can extend a components’ life and save time, money and resources.



Materials & Minerals Building University Boulevard UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus, Mawson Lakes, South Australia, 5095, Australia

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