Investigations on the Microstructure and Corrosion Performance of Different WC-Based Cermet Coatings Deposited by High Velocity Oxy Fuel Process onto Magnesium Alloy Substrate
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Department of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian University of Technology, ul. Konarskiego 18a, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
Department of Metal Forming, Welding and Metrology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, ul. Łukasiewicza 5, 50-371 Wroclaw, Poland
Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Silesian University of Technology, ul. Krzywoustego 6B, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
School of IT&IS, D. Serikbayev East Kazakhstan Technical University, 69 Protozanov Street, 070004 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
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Ewa Jonda   

Department of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian University of Technology, ul. Konarskiego 18a, 44100 Gliwice, Poland
Adv. Sci. Technol. Res. J. 2023; 17(2):25–35
In the field of surface engineering, thermal spraying is very wide adopted in many branches of the industry. The main reasons of such situation are its flexibility as well as cost effectiveness. Among others, High Velocity Oxy Fuel (HVOF) technique is dedicated for spraying hardmetal and cermet coatings, especially for wear- and corrosion resistance. Such type of coating could be a promising candidate as protective layer for magnesium alloys elements. These materials need a strong improvement in the corrosion protection as well as on the field of wear resistance in order to be widely used in the industry. In this work, different WC-based coatings, namely: (i) WC-Co, (ii) WC-Co-Cr and (iii) WC-Cr3C2-Ni manufactured by HVOF spraying, were investigated. The form of all feedstock materials was agglomerated and sintered powder. All coatings were sprayed with the same technological parameters, especially spray distance which was equal to 400 mm on the AZ91 magnesium alloy substrate. The main aim of the studies was to investigate the influence of the powder material on the corrosion resistance of obtained coatings. The manufactured coatings were examined in terms of its microstructure, using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and corrosion performance, which was assessed in the electrochemical corrosion investigations in 3.5% NaCl solution by Tafel method. The study showed that the corrosion resistance increasing in such order: AZ91 < WC-Cr3C2-Ni < WC-Co < WC-Co-Cr. It should be stressed that WC-Cr3C2-Ni coating exhibits very low corrosion performance, which could be effected by relatively high porosity (c.a. 3 vol.%) and because of that the more complex composition promotes creation of many corrosion cells.