Oxide-bonded silicon nitride (OBSN) powders have been developed to address thermal spray problems associated with high temperatures. This paper examines how such powders perform when applied via detonation gun (DGS) and atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) with axial powder injection. All coatings were characterized using optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction with additional tests being performed on DGS coatings. For the first time, relatively dense Si3N4-rich coatings with an oxide binder phase were produced, and some of the DGS coatings were found to be sufficiently wear resistance for industrial use.

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