Abstract

The feasibility of using the HVOF process for the thermal spray-forming of free-standing components has been investigated. HVOF spray forming offers a number of potential advantages compared to the established procedure of plasma forming, including increases in component density, and reduction in material decomposition during spraying. Using blends of carbide and superalloy powders in various proportions, HVOF spraying has been successfully used to form free-standing cylinders and cones of various lengths and thicknesses. Microstructural examination of the spray-formed material has shown a homogeneous distribution of carbides in the superalloy matrix, with very low levels of porosity. Refinement of the procedure has allowed reduction of the matrix content, and the forming of fragile materials.

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