WC-Co coatings were deposited using conventional High Velocity Oxy-Fuel Jet-Kote (HVOF-JK) and Suspension HVOF (S-HVOF) methods. Microstructural and mechanical properties along with the wear resistance of coatings were investigated. Reciprocating sliding wear tests were conducted against sintered Si3N4 counter-body with a normal load of 25N and total sliding distance of 500m following ASTM G133-2 standard. Coatings were characterised by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and nano-Indentation techniques. HVOF-JK coating showed good retention of WC whereas S-HVOF coating showed the presence of W, W2C and amorphous/nanocrystalline phases. Nano-indentation of HVOF-JK and S-HVOF showed that the relative hardness of the HVOF-JK coating was higher but their elastic modulus was lower. The lower total wear rate was exhibited by the HVOF-JK coating. This difference in wear performance is attributed to the difference in hardness of the coatings and decarburisation of WC particles.

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