Nickel clad hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) powders were prepared by reducing nickel ions from a solution under hydrogen pressure in the presence of ammonia as a complexing agent, and plasma spraying was carried out to deposit the corresponding coating. The microstructure, morphology and phase composition of the powders and the coating were characterized by optical microscope (OM), Scanning Electronic Microscope (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD), respectively. The results show that alkali solution pretreatment and activation procession are necessary for acquiring a dense and uniform nickel coating on the surface of the h-BN particles, and the h-BN particles are distributed well throughout the coating with the porosity of about 26%, which indicate that the coating was potential for abradable sealing application.

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