A new method to capture and evaluate the condition of thermal sprayed particles has been developed by using an agar gel target. HVOF sprayed Hastelloy C particles were collected by a gel target placed at the substrate position, i.e., 380mm downstream from the spray nozzle exit. In the surface layer of the target, a large number of fine particles were observed, whereas in the deeper part, globular particles were trapped. The ratio of particles in the surface layer with respect to the deeper part changed by spraying parameters. Furthermore, particles in the target were separated by cutting the gel, collected after resolving the agar, and then observed by SEM. Particles collected from the target's surface layer were fine particles (under 10µm) and fragments of dendritic crystals. These collected from the deeper part were mostly unmelted particles, some of which exposed dendrites. Results obtained by other techniques such as splat observation and in-flight diagnostics are compared with these results. It was concluded that by capturing thermal sprayed particles with a gel target, it is possible to visualize and quantify the melting condition of HVOF sprayed particles.

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