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GOMES, Rafael; HENKE, Sérgio  and  D´OLIVEIRA, Ana Sofia. Microstructural control of Co-based PTA coatings. Mat. Res. [online]. 2012, vol.15, n.5, pp.796-800.  Epub Aug 16, 2012. ISSN 1516-1439.

Cobalt-based alloys are widely used as hardfacing materials when wear resistance is required at room temperature or high temperature applications. However, their performance is a consequence of their microstructures that depends on the processing conditions. This work focused on the influence of solidification rate on the structure development by processing the alloys with and without the interference of the substrate. The coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometer, optical microscopy and instrument indentation tests. Results showed that despite the same phases developed in tested conditions, differences in the solidification microstructure and the influence of Fe diffusing from the substrate accounted for the measured variation in hardness. Higher hardness values were obtained for the samples processed free-standing (mini billets) with respect to the coatings and they were independent of the processing parameters, indicating that the substrate compromise the properties of hardness, as expected.

Keywords : cobalt-based alloys; high temperature; sliding wear.

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