In this paper, two long-term experiments are conducted in order to investigate the evolution of the arc root fluctuations and the evolution of the in-flight particle state during plasma spraying. Voltage as well as the acoustic fluctuations measured at three different angles are characterized while particle state was monitored using an optical integrated system, the DPV2000. A detailed study of the evolution of the gun power, in-flight particle state (temperature, velocity, diameter, particle flux) and coating microstructure is was carried out. Results showed that the microstructure of the deposited coating significantly changed during the forty-hour spraying period. Paper includes a German-language abstract.

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