Microstructural evaluation of suspension thermally sprayed WC-Co nanocomposite coatings.
Faisal, Nadimul Haque
Al-Anazi, Nayef M.
Polychroniadis, E. K.
Goosen, Mattheus F. A.
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AHMED, R., FAISAL, N.H., ALI, O., AL-ANAZI, N.M., AL-MUTAIRI, S., MAMOUR, S., POLYCHRONIADIS, E.K. and GOOSEN, M.F.A. 2015. Microstructural evaluation of suspension thermally sprayed WC-Co nanocomposite coatings. Springer proceedings in physics [online], 164, Proceedings of the 2nd international multidisciplinary microscopy and microanalysis congress (InterM), 16-19 October 2014, Oludeniz, Turkey. Pages 31-38. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16919-4_5
Microstructural and sliding wear evaluations of nanostructured coatings deposited by Suspension High Velocity Oxy-Fuel (S-HVOF) spraying were conducted in as-sprayed and HIPed (Hot Isostatically Pressed) conditions. S-HVOF coatings were nanostructured via ball milling of the WC-12Co start powder, and deposited via an aqueous based suspension using modified HVOF (TopGun) spraying. Microstructural evaluations of these hardmetal coatings included TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Sliding wear tests were conducted using a ball-on-flat test rig. Results indicated that nanostructured features inherited from the start powder in S-HVOF spraying were retained in the resulting coatings. The decarburisation of WC due to a higher surface area to volume ratio was also observed in the S-HVOF coatings. Nanostructured and amorphous phases caused by the high cooling rates during thermal spraying crystallized into complex eta-phases after the HIPing treatment. Sliding wear performance indicated that the coating wear was lower for the HIPed coatings.