The development of new spraying processes has increased the demand for high quality protecive coatings. Many thermal spraying processes have been developed to obtain coatings for a wide spectrum of materials and substrates. The High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) process involves lower temperatures and higher velocities than those required by other techniques to obtain high density coatings. It is desirable to know which are the main factors that affect the corrosion behaviour of coated materials. The corrosion behaviour in chloride solution of a 34CrM04 steel coated with different kinds of powder have been studied. The electrochemical corrosion of the coating-substrate system was characterised by corrosion potential measurements and potentiodynamic polarisations. Microscopic studies have also been performed by means of SEM. The corrosion tests were performed in synthetic marine water (ASTM D-1l41) in the presence of dissolved air. Polarisation resistances have been obtained from potentiodynamic studies. Measurements were carried out on two different (Ti,W)C+Ni coatings, as well as on the coatings obtained from a TiC+Ni-Ti powder which had been previously Ni coated using an electro less method. The best corrosion results were obtained from these last coatings.

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