E246B: Surface Engineering

This course is concerned with interacting surfaces in relative motion under various settings, including traditional engineering (e.g., bearings, gears, guideways, metal forming and machining), microelectronics (e.g., MEMS devices), and biotechnology (e.g., implantable components, such as total joint replacements, stents, and intra-vessel catheterization procedures). The interactions occurring at contact interfaces control the friction and wear behavior of solid surfaces and, ultimately, the overall performance and efficiency of bio-electromechanical components.