This study assesses the microstructure and properties of SiC-based coatings deposited using liquid and gas-fueled HVOF spraying techniques and a recently developed SiC-YAG ceramic powder. The coatings are shown to be superior to plasma and high-frequency pulse deposition sprayed SiC in terms of density and microstructure and comparable in terms of adhesion values. SEM and EDX analysis of the coatings shows that hard SiC particles are retained in a YAG binder, forming a composite that exhibits good sliding wear and erosion behaviors. Due to its low density (< 4 g/cm3), the SiC composite may be an alternative to coating materials such as WC-CoCr and Cr3C2-NiCr in weight-sensitive applications.

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