The goal of this study is to find applicable spray conditions for producing tungsten (W), zirconium carbide (ZrC), and W-ZrC cermet layers. In the experiments, W and ZrC powder mixtures were fed into the plasma of a water-stabilized plasma gun and coatings approximately 1 mm thick were sprayed on graphite substrates. Pure W and pure ZrC were deposited under similar conditions. Microhardness, surface roughness, XRD, XRF, dilatometry, and spectroscopic techniques were used to characterize the coatings. The resulting coatings were found to be hard with a high elastic modulus.

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