This study evaluates the effect of annealing on the microstructure, hardness, and wear resistance of FeAl-WC coatings obtained by cold spraying. As-sprayed deposits exhibited a dense microstructure with uniformly dispersed WC particles in the iron matrix. The Fe(Al) solid solution was transformed to an FeAl intermetallic compound at around 650 °C. Further increases in temperature were found to improve the composite microstructure with a slight decrease in microhardness. Wear resistance peaked at 750 °C, and at 950 °C, a diffusion layer appeared at the bottom of the coating close to the substrate.

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