The properties of thermal sprayed coatings depend mainly on the thermal and kinetic energy of the spray particles. Increase of thermal energy of sprayed particles can be realized using exothermic reactions between components in sprayed particles. Self propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS) is especially suitable to benefit from released energy in the spraying process. At present most commonly used spray material with exothermal reaction is Ni+Al. However, the highest amount of heat is produced in the reactions of aluminium and metal oxides. Of special interest are Cr2O3, NiO, CuO and V2O5 because they obtain high reaction energies. Furthermore products of the reaction are of special, functional interest like NiAl as bonding agent or alumina as a wear resistant coating. To assure good contact between reacting substances (Al/Oxides) powders for plasma spraying were prepared by mechanical alloying. Calorimetric investigations of plasma sprayed coatings prove that during spraying Al reacts exothermically with oxides. Increase of oxide contents improves coating adhesion/ cohesion properties, hardness, and reduction of porosity. Results are discussed on the base of light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray structure analysis (XRD).

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