Residual Stresses in Thermal Spray Coatings

Short Course - Certificate of Approval for Professional Development
Residual Stresses in Thermal Spray Coatings

This course provides an understanding of the residual stresses in thermal spray coatings, and broad coverage of general residual stress testing of thermal spray coatings. This course is delivered in partnership with Heriot-Watt University.

Measurement of residual stress in thermal spray coatings plays an important part in the evaluation of coating quality. This course will provide an insight into recent advances in and an understanding of the residual stresses in thermal spray coatings. Together with broad coverage of residual stress measurement, the course will include various thermal spray methods, the origin of residual stresses and material and thermal spray process parameters and methods to measure residual stresses in thermal spray coatings. 

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

To be confirmed

Course Length

2 days

Examining residual stress observations, the course will help you to understand contributing factors such as powder materials, substrate, heat & thermodynamics, elastic/plastic deformation properties, phase transformations, stress gradients, different methods to measure residual stresses and finally management of residual stresses in thermally sprayed components.  

The course will include theory, protocols for thermal spray coating residual stress measurement and analysis with examples and applications.         

  • Background of thermal spray coatings
  • Analytical methods       
  • Curvature methods    
  • Material removal methods    
  • Hole drilling and ring coring methods
  • Diffraction methods         
  • Optical methods      
  • Indentation and diametral compression methods     
  • Computational methods

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

The Learning Objectives for participants are to:

  • Define terminology pertinent to the residual stress in thermal spray coatings
  • Understand theory of residual stresses in thermal spray coatings
  • Understand practical methods of residual stress measurements
  • Understand the management of residual stress in coated components
  • Use the application of the standards
  • Collect data and prepare reports
  • Utilise methods, procedures and standards 

These will be achieved via:

  • Classroom
  • Demonstration
  • Practice notes

Material for this course is written by industry experts.


The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.


Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Study Skills Support


The course is primarily aimed at early career researchers/academics, graduate students/postdoctoral researchers, thermal spray technicians, thermal spray coated component test personnel, anyone who needs knowledge of residual stress tests, or companies seeking a tailored set of modules to suit the training needs of their employees.



There are no entry requirements for this course. You can apply as an individual or your employer can nominate you.

The course will be delivered in English language.


Course fees: £1,140 (fees include UK VAT) 

  • The number of course attendees is limited to 25, however, the course will only run with a minimum of 10 attendees
  • The registration fees are payable in Pound sterling (£)
  • Standard registration fees will include refreshments, luncheons and e-documents
  • Slides, practice notes and spreadsheet examples will be provided

Accommodation and transportation are not included in the registration fee. 

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course or want further information? Get in touch with the Course Leader who will be delighted to help.

Get in touch

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities

Cookie Consent