In the present study, X-ray microtomography is used to examine cold-sprayed tantalum splats on copper substrates. To resolve tantalum splats intermeshed with other splats of the same chemical composition, a contrasting medium of some sort is required. For this purpose, the feedstock powder is coated with an iron layer by means of fluidized-bed chemical vapor deposition. Experimental tests were coupled with finite element simulations to determine how stresses generated during the impact of a spherical iron-coated particle affect the integrity of the added contrasting layer.

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