The homogeneity of thermal spray plumes is mostly dependent on the type of feedstock used. Powdery feedstocks, for example, promote homogeneity. If in-flight particles are atomized from a melting bath, however, as in twin wire arc spraying (TWAS), the spray jet is less homogeneous due to the fact that particles are generated by the impingement of an airflow on the melting tips of electrically conducting wires. This work aims to contribute to the understanding of the initiation of such particles in the TWAS process. To that end, cored wires filled with W-rich particles were sprayed, then the process was halted and the wire tips were examined to analyze how the filling powder interacts with the melted part of the velum. 3D tomograms show that the resolidified melt bath is interspersed with spherical and irregular-shaped W-rich particles. The irregular shape implies a partial melting of the W-rich particles.

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