Abstract

Thermally sprayed Al2O3-TiO2 ceramic coatings provide exceptional hardness and corrosion and wear resistance, but the high velocities at which they are applied result in an inherently porous structure that requires some type of remediation. This study evaluates the effectiveness of ultrasonic aluminum phosphate sealing treatments on plasma sprayed Al2O3-40TiO2 ceramic coatings. The sealants were applied with and without ultrasonication (20-40 kHz) and were assessed using SEM/EDX analysis, potentiodynamic polarization, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Test data indicate that optimum sealing, corresponding to the highest values of corrosion protection and erosion resistance, are achieved under ultrasonication at 30 kHz for 5 hours.

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