This study assesses the quality of flame-sprayed alumina coatings produced from recently developed alumina cord using argon and compressed air as atomizing gases. Coatings of different thicknesses were deposited on aluminum substrates and then analyzed using optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and resistivity measurements. The coatings, particularly those sprayed with argon, had fine microstructure and higher surface and volume resistivity than flame-spray coatings made from alumina cord in the past. They were also found to have higher alpha phase content than plasma-sprayed coatings, regardless of the atomizing gas used. The effect of humidity and the possible formation of aluminum hydroxides are also addressed.
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