In this study, WC-CoWC coatings were produced by HVOF spraying using bimodal-structured WC-Co powder with both micro- and nano-sized WC particles. Due to the melting characteristics of the powder during spraying, the microsized particles are retained in the deposit, but the nanosized particles dissolve into the Co matrix, forming a Co-W-C ternary phase. Compared to coatings sprayed from conventional WC-CoWC powder, the bimodal coatings are more resistant to corrosion and wear and are comparable in microhardness.

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