Hot isostatic pressing has been shown to be an effective post treatment for thermal spray coatings, improving hardness, density, and microstructure as well as metallurgical bonding between splats. In this study, the sliding wear resistance of as-sprayed and post-treated WC-Co deposited by HVOF is evaluated by means of ball-on-disk testing and the effects of HIPing are assessed based on SEM and XRD analysis, hardness measurements, and fracture toughness tests. Changes observed in the WC-Co layers, including the precipitation of carbides and the elimination of secondary phase W2C, are also discussed. Paper includes a German-language abstract.

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