In the current study, the oxidation of hardmetal coatings (WC-12%Co, WC-17%Co, WC-10%Co4%Cr, WC-20%“CrC”-7%Ni, Cr3C2-25%NiCr, (Ti,Mo)(C,N)-29%Ni and (Ti,Mo)(C,N)-29%Co) in the temperature range 350- 900°C was studied for test durations ranging from 2 h to 128 h. The formation of oxide scales was investigated by X-ray diffraction, as well as by optical microscopy and SEM (including EDX) of coating cross sections. For coatings obtained by spraying with DJH 2700 and TopGun HVOF systems, the phase composition had only a moderate influence on high-temperature oxidation behavior in atmospheric conditions. The first oxides detectable by X-ray diffraction appeared on the coating surfaces after oxidation at 350°C for 128 h for all coatings. Pronounced oxidation (formation of oxide scales with thicknesses of greater than 10 µm) started at 600°C. Oxide scale growth differed significantly above this temperature among the hardmetal compositions studied here. WC-20%"CrC"-7%Ni and Cr3C2-NiCr had the highest oxidation resistance, with the oxide scale thicknesses lying below 10 ìm after oxidation at 800°C and 900°C for the two materials, respectively.

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