Abstract

This present work investigates the effect of electromagnetic fields on cold spray processes by means of an induction-heating cold spray (IHCS) system. Aluminum powder was cold sprayed onto inductively heated Ti6Al-4V (Ti64) substrates. These materials were selected to minimize the mechanical contribution to coating adhesion. As a result, changes in coating adhesion strength can be attributed to improved metallic bond formation due to the effect of the electromagnetic field. Four different initial substrate surface temperatures were used in the study to assess the role of initial temperature as well. Deposition efficiency and adhesion and tensile strength measurements were recorded and are used to characterize the hybrid coating process and compare it with traditional techniques.

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