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Thermophysical and microstructural studies on thermally sprayed tungsten carbide-cobalt coatings

: Thiele, S.; Sempf, K.; Jaenicke-Roessler, K.; Berger, L.-M.; Spatzier, J.


Journal of thermal spray technology 20 (2011), No.1-2, pp.358-365
ISSN: 1059-9630
ISSN: 1544-1016
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IKTS ()
Fraunhofer IWS ()

The development of new hardmetal coating applications such as fatigue-loaded parts, structural components, and tools for metal forming is connected with improvement of their performance and reliability. For modelling purposes, the knowledge of thermophysical, mechanical, and other material data is required. However, this information is still missing today. In this study, the thermophysical data of a WC-17Co coating sprayed with a liquid-fuelled HVOF-process from a commercial agglomerated and sintered feedstock powder from room temperature up to 700 °C was determined as an example. The dependence of the heat conductivity on temperature was obtained through measurement of the coefficient of thermal expansion, the specific heat capacity, and the thermal diffusivity. Heat conductivities ranging from 29.2 W/(mK) at 50 °C to 35.4 W/(mK) at 700 °C were determined. All measurements were performed twice (as-sprayed and after the first thermal cycle) to take into account the stru ctural and compositional changes. Extensive XRD and FESEM studies were performed to characterize the phase compositions and microstructures in the as-sprayed and heat-treated states. Bulk samples obtained by spark plasma sintering from the feedstock powder were studied for comparison.