Thermal spray: preserving 100 years of technology

Berndt, Christopher C., and Montavon, Ghislain (2006) Thermal spray: preserving 100 years of technology. Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 15 (1). pp. 5-8.

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The Schoop Patent that concerns the origins of thermal spray (TS) can be traced back to 1912 (for example: “Metal Plating with the Air Brush,” Scientific American, Vol 1, 1913, p 346). A tradition exists where chronological anniversaries are recognized by an appropriate public observance. Such an observance recognizes an important historical event and allows a retrospective account of that event. In many instances no specific date is selected, but rather a time frame that may span several days, a few months, or an entire year, since the magnitude of the event is such that its anniversary needs to be placed into the context of its evolution.

The observance of the first 100 years of thermal spray falls under a very broad time frame because the early history of this technology is clouded by lack of referred documentation. The early practitioners and inventors of thermal spray were probably unaware that their efforts would spawn multimillion dollar industries across many technological sectors. It is probably safe to assume that these early workers were more interested in preserving jobs rather than history. As well, a certain amount of secrecy would have given these early technologists a commercial edge.

Item ID: 3683
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1059-9630
Keywords: thermal spray; review; historical perspective
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009 05:47
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