Metallurgically, cladding refers to single or double-sided lamination of a carrier material with a secondary metal skin. A careful combination of pressure and simultaneous  plastic deformation results in a complete physical bond between the metal surfaces. Such laminated materials combine the specific advantages of the materials deployed. Classical flat rolling of large amounts of material with a continuous coating thickness is an economic production route.

In contrast to alternative thin layer coating techniques such as chemical and physical vapour deposition and plating processes, cladding enables much thicker skins to be produced. What’s more, problematic material combinations in melting and alloying techniques can be readily addressed.

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