The laser-flash method is used to determine the thermal diffusivity of HVOF sprayed WC-Co(Cr) and Cr3C2-Ni20Cr as well as APS sprayed Cr2O3 and electroplated hard chromium coatings in the temperature range between RT and 600°C. Additionally bond and/or corrosion protective coatings like Ni5Al, Ni20Cr and 316L are characterized taking into account the different manufacturing methods twin wire arc spraying, HVCW and HVOF. With respect to the application example of drying rollers in paper industries the Taber-Abraser wear test is applied to evaluate the wear resistance. Finally the coatings are characterized concerning their corrosion resistance by salt fog test and by exposure to humid SO2 environment. For WC-CoCr feedstock the effect of carbide size and micro hardness on thermal, wear and corrosion properties are studied. WC-CoCr coatings with maximum micro hardness and fine carbides show the best thermal conductivity. The use of coarse carbide feedstock permits manufacturing of coatings with the highest resistance against dry abrasive wear, but the protective function depends severely on the processing conditions.

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