In this paper, WC-Co reinforced polymer matrix coatings are sprayed on preheated steel and carbon-fiber reinforced substrates, producing relatively dense, adherent coatings. The particle morphology of the feedstock materials and the microstructure of the HVOF sprayed coatings are characterized and the thermal properties of the polymer powder and coatings are compared. It was found that the deposition and build-up of the polymer coating was only successful when substrates were preheated to the curing temperature of the thermosetting polyimide powder used. Layered coatings of varying polyimide and WC-Co content have been successfully deposited, showing that it is possible to produce graded composite coatings consisting of pure polymer at the substrate and pure WC-Co on the surface. Paper includes a German-language abstract.

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