Thermal spraying of composite materials is an effective method for surface protection against wear and corrosive attacks. There are different possibilities to produce composite-materials for thermal spray applications. The self-propagating-high- temperature-synthesis (SHS) is a very promising method to obtain fine carbide particles homogeneously distributed in a metal matrix. In the present investigation TiC-based composite materials were applied to steel substrate samples by thermal spraying. The coating characteristics were determined by the use of different investigation methods. The results of the wear test show the great potential for industrial application. Further progress is expected from the optimisation of the thermal spray processes and the compounds composition. Paper includes a German-language abstract.

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