This study evaluates candidate coatings for potential use in the manufacture of metal-seated ball valves for hydrometallurgy service. All coatings were deposited on grit-blasted titanium coupons by air plasma spraying to a nominal layer thickness of 500 µm. The feedstock powders used were selected based on literature review and field experience and include Cr2O3, TiO2-Cr2O3, nano TiO2, and a novel mixture of nano TiO2 and conventional Cr2O3. The resulting coatings are compared based on microhardness, shear strength, friction properties, and wear resistance. Specimen preparation procedures and test methods are described in the paper along with the findings and potential implications of the study.

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