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BOND, Danielle and D'OLIVEIRA, Ana Sofia Clímaco Monteiro. Effect of current and atomized grain size distribution on the solidification of Plasma Transferred Arc coatings. Mat. Res. [online]. 2012, vol.15, n.5, pp. 770-774. Epub Aug 16, 2012. ISSN 1516-1439. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-14392012005000101.
Plasma Transferred Arc (PTA) is the only thermal spray process that results in a metallurgical bond, being frequently described as a hardfacing process. The superior properties of coatings have been related to the fine microstructures obtained, which are finer than those processed under similar heat input with welding techniques using wire feedstock. This observation suggests that the atomized feedstock plays a role on the solidification of coatings. In this study a model for the role of the powders grains in the solidification of PTA coatings is put forward and discussed. An experiment was setup to discuss the model which involved the deposition of an atomized Co-based alloy with different grain size distributions and deposition currents. X ray diffraction showed that there were no phase changes due to the processing parameters. Microstructure analysis by Laser Confocal Microscopy, dilution with the substrate steel and Vickers microhardness were used the characterized coatings and enriched the discussion confirming the role of the powdered feedstock on the solidification of coatings.
Keywords : coatings; atomized; pulsed current.