The high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) process is commonly used to deposit WC-Co coatings. There are some problems with this process, especially the decomposition and decarburization of WC during the spraying. To eliminate these degradation, the warm-spray (WS) process originally developed by our group, which provides a possibility to control the flame temperature and the fabrication of WC-Co coatings can be made at lower temperature ranges that those of HVOF process, was applied to deposit WC-Co coatings. Microstructural characterization and phase analysis were carried out on deposited coatings by SEM and XRD. The mechanical properties such as hardness, fracture toughness, and wear properties were investigated. The results showed that WS coatings did not contain any detrimental phase such as W2C and W, which are usually observed in HVOF coatings. The hardness of WS coatings were lower than those of HVOF coatings, however, the relation of hardness-Co content of WS coatings showed the similar trend as that of the sintered WC-Co. The improvement of wear behavior was also observed in WS coatings.

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