Iron base composite coatings were deposited on mild steel substrates by arc spraying and cored wire with TiC ceramic powders. The abrasive wear resistance properties were examined on the MLS-225 wet sand/rubber wheel tester. The microstructure, phase compositions and worn surface morphologies of the coatings were observed by means of optical, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results showed that composite coatings with TiC ceramic hard phases were reinforced by the TiC hard particles distributed in the iron-based coating. The average micro hardness of the coatings is about 1137 HV0.1. The coatings have the excellent abrasive wear resistance which is 6 times higher than that of the Q235 mild steel. Wear mechanisms of coatings was mainly micro-ploughing and brittle fracture.

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