Iron aluminides have been lately proposed as promising materials for wear applications. Many authors have focused their investigations on the friction behaviour of FeAl coatings emphasizing the role of this intermetallic as a new matrix to embed ceramic particles and replace for high temperature the extensively studied WC-Co cermet system. However, few works deal with the evaluation of the different tribological properties and their relationship with the coating microstructure. Thus, in the present study, the near stoichometric Fe40Al was successfully sprayed by means of HVOF using different spraying parameters and the tribological behaviour was assessed through solid particle erosion, abrasive and dry sliding tests. The wear mechanisms that took place in the produced coatings are discussed with regard to the obtained results. The friction coefficient versus sliding distance was obtained. In addition, isothermally treated samples in air were tested showing both lower friction coefficient and lower wear rate.

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