Wear Properties of Thermally Sprayed Tungsten-Carbide Coatings in Paper Machine Environments
Kiilakoski, J.; Eronen, V.; Vuoristo, P. (2015-09-21)
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Thermally sprayed tungsten-carbide (WC) coatings have proven to be one of the most wear resistant coatings available and a respectable replacement for hard-chromium coatings. They are used in paper machine parts such as calender rolls. However, improved lifetime and performance are continuing considerations, as well as finding more economical alternatives. This study researched the wear phenomena of tungsten-carbide coatings in a paper machine environment. To achieve this, five different feedstock materials and coatings manufactured from these were compared by electron microscopy as well as dry abrasion-, high-speed slurry abrasion- and cavitation erosion tests. Improvements in ductility by changing the matrix material were found, while changing the particle strength had no effect on the behavior of the coatings. The findings suggest further research on altering the matrix of the feedstock could lead to overall improvements in coating quality and component lifetime.
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