The high velocity oxyfuel flame spraying (HVOF) process appears to be an interesting alternative to low pressure plasma spraying (LPPS) processes for the application of MCrAlY coatings for the use of hot corrosion protection on turbine parts like blades and vanes. Lower investment costs for HVOF facilities compared to LPPS systems combined with adequate coating properties and a stable, easy controllable process can be seen as potential advantages regarding the application of this process. Several recent HVOF systems are screened concerning the application of MCrAlY coatings for hot corrosion protective coatings on turbine blades. In this research project, the Design of Experiments (DoE) is used to built up factorial experimental designs. The aim is, besides a benchmarking, to find out the potential of the HVOF systems to produce high quality hot corrosion protective coatings. The main emphasis of these preliminary investigations is on the evaluation of bonding defects in the interface, the porosity, and the oxide content of the coatings.

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