Spraying metal-ceramic coatings is a complicated task because, in addition to the spray parameters of the metal particles, it is necessary to take into account those of ceramics. This paper presents some results concerning the effect of the nature, particle size, and velocity of ceramics on the metal-ceramic coating properties. Copper and aluminium powders are used as metal components. Two fractions (fine and coarse) of aluminium oxide and silicon carbide are sprayed in the tests. Ceramic particle velocity is varied by the particle injection into different zones of the gas flow: in the subsonic (pre-chamber) and supersonic parts of the nozzle, and in the free jet after the nozzle exit. Simulation results and measurements of the particle velocity by the track method are compared. Influence of the ceramic particle parameters on the coating formation process and its properties is discussed.

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