MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF Al BASED COMPOSITE COATINGS PRODUCED BY THE COLD GAS DYNAMIC SPRAYING PROCESS


Meydanoglu O., Baydoğan M. , Kayali E. S. , Çimenoğlu H.

TMS 140th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, California, United States Of America, 27 February - 03 March 2011, pp.219-226 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: California
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.219-226

Abstract

In this study, microstructures and mechanical properties of Al matrix B4C reinforced composite coatings deposited on a structural steel by cold spraying were investigated. Feedstocks were prepared as the mixtures of Al and B4C powders, where the B4C content varied between 0 to 60 vol. %. The average sizes of the Al and B4C powders were similar to 10 mu m and similar to 60 mu m, respectively. Air at room temperature was used as a propellant gas under a pressure of 6 bar. Hardness measurements and wear tests were performed to characterize the mechanical performances of the coatings. Hardness measurements were made by using Vickers micro hardness tester. Wear tests were conducted under dry sliding conditions on a reciprocating wear tester by rubbing alumina and stainless steel balls to the coatings. Presence of B4C improved the hardness and the wear resistance when compared to those of B4C free Al coating. Hardness of the coatings increased with increasing B4C content; while the wear resistances did not show any significant change with the volume fraction of the B4C powders. In this respect, the optimum composition of the feedstock was determined as 80 vol. % Al + 20 vol. % B4C.