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Fundamentals of Aerospace Coatings

Just about any moderate to high tech component of an aircraft, automobile, gas turbine or internal combustion engine has some form of functional coating to protect it from its environment or enhance its performance in some way, whether it is a high temperature coating to prevent oxidation, a paint to stop corrosion or a ceramic to prevent wear and abrasion.  The list of coatings and their applications is long, and this workshop will explore the basic science and engineering principles of a selection of interesting engineering applications for coatings, particularly in the aerospace industry.

Date: TBA
Time: 2 classes 6-9pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $695 CAD plus applicable taxes


This workshop will cover the applications of coatings in the aerospace industry, and will address the fundamental metallurgical and mechanical principles behind their design and application.  Participants will learn the principles for determining the appropriate coating for certain situations and will acquire a broader understanding of the coatings that they see in use around them.

Who Should Attend

Engineers working or seeking employment in aerospace industry who require introductory or refresher training in materials science and metallurgical aspects of coatings used in the engine, airframe and landing gear of modern commercial aircraft.


At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the materials science and metallurgical principles behind the use of coatings;
  2. Be able to question the suitability of coatings for certain engineering applications;
  3. Make a reasoned assessment of coatings that could be used in particular applications;
  4. Appreciate the limitations of the coatings that exist and the continued need for further research and innovation to achieve the ever demanding advancements in engineering.

Topics Covered

  • Materials properties and limitations in aerospace applications
  • Metallurgical principles of oxidation, corrosion
  • Coating application methods
  • Coating selection


Dr. Simon Durham has a PhD in metallurgical engineering from McGill University, and has had a 23-year career as a metallurgical engineer in gas turbine engines, having worked for Pratt & Whitney Canada and MDS Coating Technologies. As VP of Research and Development at MDS Coating Technologies, Dr. Durham led the development team to produce advanced erosion- and corrosion-resistant coating families. These coatings are now finding applications in a broad range of aerospace and industrial gas turbine applications.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca