Abstract

High-velocity oxyfuel (HVOF) sprayed coatings of Cr3C2-NiCr containing solid lubricants such as nickel cladded graphite and hexagonal boron nitride were successfully developed and characterised with the aim of optimizing their friction and wear behaviour. HVOF technology was used for the integration of solid lubricants to achieve strong cohesion between particles while minimizing thermal decomposition. Coating microstructure and composition were measured and correlated to the results of tribological and corrosion tests. The integration of the solid lubricant greatly reduced friction and wear volume at room temperature, but the lubricating effect was highly dependent on atmosphere and temperature. Cr3C2-NiCr with hBN, however, tends to exhibit more stable wear resistance over a wider temperature range and can be used at temperatures beyond 450 °C.

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