The present work has the purpose of comparing different thermal spraying techniques, namely axial plasma spray, standard air plasma spray and high velocity oxygen flame (HVOF), for depositing metal matrix composites, in this case chromium carbide nickel-chromium based. The quality of the coatings deposited by these three techniques has been assessed in terms of structural characteristics (porosity, oxide concentration, unmelted particles presence, etc.) and of mechanical characteristics (hardness, adhesion, etc.) as well as surface morphology. A specific efficiency test has been carried out to compare the three examined technologies. The results of the present study indicate that, against a slightly decrease in the quality of the film in terms of structural and mechanical properties, axial plasma sprayed coatings can be sprayed with a higher efficiency in comparison to the traditional technologies.

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