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Properties of HVOF-sprayed Stellite-6 coatings

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-62
Number of pages18
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Stellite-6 coatings were deposited onto AISI 304 stainless steel substrate by gas-fueled HVOF spraying, systematically varying the process parameter settings. By operating the HVOF torch with a fuel-rich mixture, dense coatings (<1% porosity) are produced, containing up to ≈3 vol% oxide inclusions. A substantial amount of a Cr-rich f.c.c. phase is found, mainly produced by quenching of molten lamellae, and distinct from the equilibrium, Co-based f.c.c. solid solution retained in unmelted particles. These coatings exhibit pseudo-passive behavior and survive 5 cycles (100 h) of the Corrodkote test (ASTM B380-97) with no substrate corrosion. Coatings obtained from oxygen-rich mixtures, on the other hand, contain fewer oxide inclusions but also greater porosity, and do not protect the substrate against corrosion. The wear behavior of the coatings is less influenced by deposition conditions. In ball-on-disk dry sliding tests, all coatings exhibit wear rates of 2–3 × 10−5 mm3/(N·m), higher than those reported for bulk or clad Stellite, because of interlamellar delamination. Strain-induced, “martensitic” phase transformation from the f.c.c. structure to a h.c.p. one is observed over a 1–2 μm depth below the contact surface. Additional tribo-oxidation is onset when frictional heat dissipation has heated the wear debris enough to trigger its reaction with the environment. Correspondingly, a transition to a regime of higher friction occurs (from ≈0.6 to ≈0.8). At 400 °C, lamellar delamination is suppressed but wear rates rise to 5–8 × 10−5 mm3/(N·m) because of abrasive and adhesive wear. At 800 °C, a dense “glaze” tribofilm is formed by sintered debris particles, firmly bonded to a thermally grown oxide scale on the underlying metal surface. The “glaze” protects the coating, lowering the wear rate to ≈1 × 10−5 mm3/(N·m) and the friction coefficient to <0.45. Under high-stress particle abrasion conditions, wear rates of ≈1 × 10−3 mm3/(N·m) are found.


  • Dry particles abrasion, Electrochemical corrosion test, High velocity oxygen-fuel (HVOF), High-temperature tribology, Sliding wear, Stellite coating

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