, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 564-573
Date: 30 Oct 2008

Particles Spreading Phenomena in the Case of Glass Thermal Spraying

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The spreading phenomena of particles during thermal spraying are quite difficult to observe given the kinetics of the process. In this work, the splat formation of glass and alumina is theoretically compared, showing that glass transition and low-thermal conductivity yield a higher ratio between cooling and flattening times, which strongly modifies their spreading behavior. Wipe tests show that splash—splat transition temperature can be modified by the glass composition and its subsequent hydrodynamic properties. The detection of peculiar remaining objects, such as fibers and wavelets shows the possibility of “freezing” some phenomena that are totally unobservable with crystalline oxides, except with high-velocity observations.