This paper evaluates four tungsten carbide basecoats produced by thermal spraying with a high speed flame spraying system as potential candidates to replace hard chrome in applications subject to abrasive and/or corrosive conditions. It investigates the potential of using WC-based cermet coatings deposited using high velocity oxy-fuel thermal spraying to replace electrodeposited hard chromium. The paper shows that WC-based thermally sprayed coatings are available to replace hard Cr in many applications. Salt spray tests and electrochemical measurements in synthetic sea water showed that the Cr-containing coatings had the highest corrosion resistance. These results indicated that 10Co-4Cr-WC could be the best coating candidate for conditions in which both abrasion and corrosion are present. Paper includes a German-language abstract.

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