This study investigates the feasibility of forming amorphous iron-based coatings using the cold spray deposition process. Splat tests of cold-sprayed SAM1651 (Fe48Mo14Cr15Y2C15B6 at.%) particles impacting a mild steel substrate were performed using varying gas temperatures and particle diameters. Specimen inspection by scanning electron microscopy revealed splat morphologies that varied from well-adhered particles to substrate craters formed by rebounded particles. Particle flow was analyzed using a finite element model, and impact conditions were predicted using an experimentally validated analytical model, in empirically generating a temperature/velocity window of successful particle deposition as a framework for ongoing work on the formation of cold-sprayed SAM1651 coatings. The results indicate that the unique characteristics of the cold spray process offer a promising means for the formation of metallic glass coatings that successfully retain the amorphous structure, as well as the superior corrosion and wear resistant properties of the feedstock powder.

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