The shear test in accordance with DIN EN 15.340 is a method to test the bond between substrate and coating in thermal spraying. It has been developed in order to avoid the disadvantages of the test mainly in use, the adhesion test (DIN EN 582). In quality management in a thermal spraying job shop often results of coating analyses are necessary within a very limited time frame; very important is a low number of necessary specimens and a fast and reliable test method. It is described how the shear test can be implemented into the practice of a job shop and the experiences of the OBZ innovation GMBH, which has used the shear test for more than four years, are explained.

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