Based on the previous studies of nanostructured WC based coatings, various improvement methods of the coatings were attempted. On of the method was to improve the feedstock materials via a partial flocculation method. This method uses a special technology to form spherical spray dried powders using nanostructured starting materials. According to this method, morphology and porosity level of the feedstock material was controlled. In addition, the basic principle of this method will be introduced. A few other methods are tried to improve the feedstock materials including carbon addition and a Co coating method. The coating morphology and characteristics are analyzed and wear performance is compared. The carbon contents, porosity, phases, and wear loss by a sand abrasion test will be presented in details. Abstract only; no full-text paper available.

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