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Plasma powder sub- and supersonic spraying of wear-resistant, heat-resistant, corrosion- resistant, thermal protection and special coatings

This is the most universal method on the sort of sprayed material among all types of gas-thermal spraying of protective coatings and in many cases it is technically and economically advantageous.

Plasma technologies PLAZER mainly focused on the use of plasma products of combustion air with methane (propane-butane). Equipment for plasma spraying of protective coatings, using powders as spraying material includes basic installations PLAZER 80-PL, PLAZER 180-PL, made ??in block design:

These technologies provide two basic versions of realization of the coatings spraying process: at subsonic and supersonic speeds of the plasma jet flow.

Supersonic Air-Gas Plasma Spraying Process Principal Parameters

Parameters

Values

Plasma forming gas

Air + propane or methane (up to 5-10%)

Plasma temperature , K

3500-7000

Plasma jet velocity , m/s

1500-3000

Spraying particles velocity, m/s

400-600

Spraying rate, kg/h

15-50

Electric power , kilowatt

40-200

Spraying material use factor

0,75

Examples of design of hardware equipment sets PLAZER for realization of the technology of plasma powder spraying

External spraying Internal spraying

Supersonic plasma spraying technology allows to spray wear-resistant, heat-resistant and anticorrosive coatings of different powders types, including cermet, with high efficiency (up to 50 kg / hour and above) from powders of metals, alloys, carbides, borides, oxides, powder mixtures, composite powders consisting of metal oxides and (carbides, borides).

Transition to supersonic velocity of the plasma jet flow in the processes PLAZER leads to radical improvement of the coatings quality (porosity  below 1%, the adhesion strength to the substrate under normal isolation 65-100 MPa, high wear resistance, etc.), as well as achieve the increased spraying productivity (50 kg / hour and above).

Air plus minor additions (about 5%) fire gas (methane or propane-butane) is used as plasma forming gas  without using of expensive and rare gases. High enthalpy air + propane or methane plasma allows complete melting practically all heat-resistant materials (e.g., zirconium oxide, chrome oxide) and obtain high quality coatings. Plasmatron regulates underexpanded supersonic plasma jet with 1,3  1,5 Mach.

b c

Plasmatron for supersonic spraying capacity 180 kW (a), external view of generated by it underexpanded supersonic plasma jet 1,5 Mach without powder (b), and with powder 20%NiCr+Cr3C2 (heating of powder particles before melting and speeding up to 500 ?700m/sec .

At supersonic plasma spraying all coatings' qualitative indexes are improved. Porosity reduces from 8 ?12% to 0,5  3 %. At optimization a null porosity might be achieved, including for coatings from metal-ceramic mixtures and oxide ceramic. Coating with substrate cohesion (binding) strength depends on spraying material, but whatever the case, the cohesion strength increases 1, 4  2 times greater than with subsonic modes plasma spraying. Oxidation rate and elements (carbon) elimination degree reduces by 50-80%. in some cases, it is possible to obtain coating chemistry congruent with initial material and having almost nonporous structure.

b

Microstructure of coatings, sprayed using the method of supersonic air-gas spraying from powders (2000):   cermet mechanical mixture 20%NiCr +Cr3C2; b  chromium oxide Cr23.

External view of parts of samples with ceramic plasma coatings ZrO2  7%Y2O3, sprayed using technology PLAZER

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