The present study investigates the microstructure and properties of cold spray coatings produced from gas-atomized CuAl10Fe5Ni5 powders. To obtain information relevant to ship rudder cavitation-erosion performance, GL-A shipbuilding steel, equivalent to S235, was chosen as the substrate material. Thick Cu-Al-bronze coatings were deposited on grit-blasted plates using a wide range of parameter sets with different powder treatments, nozzle geometries, gas and substrate temperatures, and particle impact conditions. Coating samples were examined via SEM and XRD analysis, cavitation tests were performed, and bond strengths were measured. Powder and single impact morphologies were also investigated and, along with coating properties and structures, are correlated with spraying conditions. The results indicate that cold sprayed bronze coatings have good potential for ship rudder protection.

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