A tungsten carbide/cobalt hard coating was deposited on steel substrates using plasma-arc and high velocity oxyfuel flame (HVOF) spraying. The characteristics of the coatings made by the two spraying methods were evaluated under identical conditions. The microstructure and the chemical composition ofthe coatings were different depending on the powder heating temperature and the velocity of particles. The sliding wear properties of the coatings against hardened steel at high sliding speeds showed different tendencies from those at low speeds. The plasma sprayed coatings resulted in better abrasive wear properties than HVOF coatings did. Material removal by solid particle erosion depended on the striking angle of particles on the substrate surface but there are no clear differences in wear properties between the two coatings.

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