, Volume 22, Issue 2-3, pp 221-232
Date: 13 Nov 2012

Multiple-Approach Evaluation of WSP Coatings Adhesion/Cohesion Strength

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Adhesion/cohesion testing represents one of the most common methods for benchmarking and optimization of thermal spray coatings. However, owing to the inhomogeneous coating microstructure, such testing may be quite troublesome. In this study, adhesion/cohesion strength of representative metallic and ceramic coatings deposited by water-stabilized plasma (WSP) spraying was evaluated by four different methods: tensile adhesion test, pin test, tubular coating tensile test, and shear test. Combination of various methods enabled the evaluation of the coating adhesion/cohesion strength under different loading conditions. Limitations and benefits of each method for testing of WSP coatings are demonstrated. Dominating failure micromechanisms were determined by supplementary fractographic analysis.

This article is an invited paper selected from presentations at the 2012 International Thermal Spray Conference and has been expanded from the original presentation. It is simultaneously published in Thermal Spray 2012: Proceedings of the International Thermal Spray Conference, Air, Land, Water, and the Human Body: Thermal Spray Science and Applications, Houston, Texas, USA, May 21-24, 2012, Basil R. Marple, Arvind Agarwal, Laura Filofteia-Toma, Margaret M. Hyland, Yuk-Chiu Lau, Chang-Jiu Li, Rogerio S. Lima, and André McDonald, Ed., ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 2012.