A ceramic composite coating of a FeB alloy reinforced with cobalt-coated tungsten carbide (WC-12Co) particles and nickel-coated tungsten carbide (WC-12Ni) particles was deposited on a mild steel substrate by arc spraying cored wire, respectively. The microstructure and the worn surfaces of the coatings were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscope (SEM). And wear mechanisms of the coatings have been discussed on the basis of the observation. The results showed that adding WC powders can obviously increase the hardness and abrasive wear resistance property of the coating. The average microhardness of the coatings is about 900~1000 HV0.1. In the experimental conditions, the coatings have the excellent abrasive wear resistance which is 7~10 times higher than that of the Q235 mild steel. Plastic microcutting and brittle peeling play the predominant role in abrasion wear of the coating.

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