Abstract

This study investigates the microstructure and hardness of coatings produced by atmospheric plasma spraying using a commercial (Al,Cr)2O3 solid solution (ss) powder blended with various amounts of TiO2. The microstructures were analyzed using SEM, EDS, and XRD measurements. It was shown that blending with TiO2 reduces porosity and defect density while increasing deposition efficiency and microhardness. Small amounts of Ti in ss (Al,Cr)2O3 splats were detected in coatings prepared from blends with higher TiO2 content. Variations in aluminum and chromium content were also observed.

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