Abstract

Oxygen-free titanium coatings are at present produced using vacuum plasma spray systems. The cold spray process can produce titanium coatings in atmospheric air at reduced cost. Variations of the deposition efficiency as well as the coating characteristics with various process parameters were studied. Results show that the deposition efficiency drops drastically below a critical temperature. The parameters which affect the jet velocity; viz., the type of gas and the nozzle geometry have maximum effect on the process deposition efficiency. Sprayed coatings were porous and exhibited a low modulus and high hardness. Post processing of the coating by machining produced dense, strong and hard coatings. Key words: Cold-Spray, Titanium, Oxidation.

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