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Plasma Source Ion Implantation

Ion implantation is used to improve the wear and corrosion resistance of many different materials, and simple methods of characterization are vital to efforts to improve the implantation processes. Because the properties of the implanted materials vary with depth from the surface, characterization of the surface is complicated by interactions with the underlying structure. Professor Blanchard and his students are involved in both experimental characterization of implanted surfaces, including hardness and wear tests, and in simulation and modeling of these tests. These efforts will provide improved characterization techniques for assessing the value of a particular implant.