Optimization and Characterization of High Velocity Oxy-Fuel Sprayed Coatings

Diaaeldin Mostafa Ibrahim Mohamed, University of Texas at El Paso


High-velocity oxy–fuel (HVOF) thermal spraying was developed in 1930 and has been commercially available for twenty-five years. HVOF thermal spraying has several benefits over the more conventional plasma spray technique including a faster deposition rate which leads to quicker turn-around, with more durable coatings and higher bond strength, hardness and wear resistance due to a homogeneous distribution of the sprayed particles. HVOF thermal spraying is frequently used in engineering to deposit cermets, metallic alloys, composites and polymers, to enhance product life and performance. HVOF thermal spraying system is a highly promising technique for applying durable coatings on structural materials for corrosive and high temperature environments in advanced ultra-supercritical coal-fired (AUSC) boilers, steam turbines and gas turbines. HVOF thermal spraying is the preferred method for producing coatings with low porosity and high adhesion. HVOF thermal spray process has been shown to be one of the most efficient techniques to deposit high performance coatings at moderate cost. Variables affecting the deposit formation and coating properties include hardware characteristics such as nozzle geometry and spraying distance and process parameters such as equivalence ratio, gas flow density, and powder feedstock. In the spray process, the powder particles experience very high speeds combined with fast heating to the powder material melting point or above. This high temperature causes evaporation of the powder, dissolution, and phase transformations. Due to the complex nature of the HVOF technique, the control and optimization of the process is difficult. In general, good coating quality with suitable properties and required performance for specific applications is the goal in producing thermal spray coatings. In order to reach this goal, a deeper understanding of the spray process as a whole is needed. Although many researchers studied commercial HVOF thermal spray systems, there exists a lack of fundamental understanding of the effect of hardware characteristics and operating parameters on HVOF thermally sprayed coatings. Motivated by these issues, this study is devoted to investigate the effect of hardware characteristics (e.g. spraying distance) and operating parameters (e.g. combustion chamber pressure, equivalence ratio, and total gas flow rate) on HVOF sprayed coatings using Inconel 718 alloy. The current study provides extensive understanding of several key operating and process parameters to optimize the next generation of HVOF thermally sprayed coatings for high temperature and harsh environment applications. A facility was developed to support this endeavor in a safe and efficient way, including a HVOF thermal spray system with a Data Acquisition and Remote Controls system (DARCS). The coatings microstructure and morphology were examined using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS).^

Subject Area

Mechanical engineering

Recommended Citation

Mohamed, Diaaeldin Mostafa Ibrahim, "Optimization and Characterization of High Velocity Oxy-Fuel Sprayed Coatings" (2015). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10187007.