Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT)

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Development, modelling, deposition, and characterization of thermal spray coating and related processes, near-net shape manufacturing, surface engineering

Areas of expertise

The facilities at  the Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies include all major thermal spray deposition processes (including vacuum plasma spray capabilities), a state-of-the-art suite of process diagnostic tools (DPV2000, high-speed camera, high resolution infra-red camera), and a wide array of coating characterization facilities including SEM, surface roughness analysis, thermal conductivity measurement, and wear resistance testing. This experimental capacity is supported by strong analytical modelling and numerical simulation capabilities.

Research services

Air plasma spray coating, high velocity oxy-fuel coating, twin wire arc coating, vacuum plasma spray coating, microwave enhanced chemical vapour deposition coatings, radio frequency inductively coupled plasma, thermal conductivity measurements, pin-on-disc wear resistance measurements, sand erosion resistance measurements, composition depth profiles, surface roughness measurement, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, chemical analyses, adhesion testing, hardness testing, surface roughness, surface profilometry, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, computational fluid dynamics modelling, heat transfer modelling, heat transfer analysis, finite element analyses.

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Transportation
Specialized lab Equipment Function
Thermal spray laboratory Mettech Axial III, SG 100 plasma torches Air plasma spray coating
  Sulzer Metco F4 plasma torch Vacuum plasma spray coating
  Sulzer Metco Diamond Jet torch High velocity oxy-fuel coating
  Thermion Jet Force 456HD torch Twin wire arc coating
  DPV 2000 Thermal spray coating process diagnostics
  SprayVIEW Thermal spray coating process diagnostics
  RF/DC arc hybrid torch Plasma coating
Coating characterization laboratory GDOES Chemical composition analysis, depth profile
  SEM/EDS Microstructure characterization and composition analysis
  Sectioning, grinding, and automated polishing facilities Specimen preparation
  Pin-on-disc, Abrasion (ASTM G-65) and Taber wear testers, Wear resistance
  Laser flash thermal diffusivity instrument, High speed infrared camera Thermal conductivity measurement
  Surface profilometer Surface roughness measurements
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Plasco Energy Group Inc.
  • CenterLine Limited.
  • GE Global Research
  • VAC AERO International Inc.
  • University of Ottawa
  • Concordia University
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.
  • Perkin-Elmer Inc.
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Magna International Inc.
  • Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
  • Aeropol Aviation Services Corp.