Ni+Al, Ti+Al, NiCr+AI, and Cr+Al powders react exothermically in the heat zone of thermal spraying systems. Whether such reactions occur between aluminum and superalloy powders is the underlying question of this study. This paper describes composites of this nature and their sprayability to form adherent, metallurgically bonded deposits. Through parametric manipulation, coatings can be produced with a range of properties from dense to open (porous/abradable) structures. The paper also shows how seed particles can be clad with aluminum and sprayed to predictable property limits.

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