Electroless plating was employed for making copper (Cu)-high density polyethylene (HDPE) core-shell particles for following coating deposition by flame spraying. Our previous works already reported large-scale fabrication of HDPE/Cu composite coatings against corrosion, biofouling and ageing for marine applications. In this work, we further investigated tribological behaviours of the HDPE and the HDPE/Cu composite coatings. The structure of the composite coatings was designed via controlling the thickness of the copper shell coated on the composite powder. The result shows that the addition of copper slightly decreased the anti-wear property of the composite coating. The tribology mechanisms of the composite coating and the HDPE coating were discussed.

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