Spraying in a controlled atmosphere produces very pure, oxygen-free coatings.
Because of the high-purity characteristics, applications typically include land-based and flight turbine components and medical implants. Commonly used feedstock materials include metals, ceramics, and cermets.
Key benefits of this process
- Produces very pure, oxygen-free coatings
- Capable of applying many powdered feedstock coating materials including metals, ceramics and cermets
- Application of refractory metals are possible
- Excellent for high volume production
- Turbine blades/vanes
- Solid oxide fuel cells
- Medical implants
- Near-net shapes
While the basic process is similar to Atmospheric Plasma Spray, controlled atmosphere plasma spray refers to coatings applied in a chamber, usually at near vacuum. It applies superior coatings characterized by high densities or very controlled porosities with extremely low contamination. The near-vacuum environment leads to long spray plumes that result in coating of individual parts quickly, thereby making this an excellent process for high-volume production. With this method, we can achieve certain results not possible with any other atmospheric thermal spray process, such as thin layers, ceramic structures, and the application of refractory metals.
- Heat source: arc
- Feedstock: powder (metals, ceramics)
- Arc temperature: approx. 16,000 °C (28 800 °F)
- Particle velocity: 200 to 400 m/s (650 to 1 300 ft/s)
- Approximate application rate: 35 to 100 g/min (4.5 to 13 lb/h)