Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters)

, Volume 32, Issue 12, pp 1449–1458 | Cite as

Effects of Dissimilar Alumina Particulates on Microstructure and Properties of Cold-Sprayed Alumina/A380 Composite Coatings

  • Xiang Qiu
  • Naeem ul Haq Tariq
  • Lu Qi
  • Jun-Rong Tang
  • Xin-Yu Cui
  • Hao Du
  • Ji-Qiang WangEmail author
  • Tian-Ying XiongEmail author


In this study, alumina/A380 composite coatings were fabricated by cold spray. The influence of alumina particulates’ morphology (spherical and irregular) and content on the deposition behavior of the coatings (including surface roughness, surface residual stress, cross-sectional microstructure and microhardness) was investigated. Results revealed that the spherical alumina mainly shows micro-tamping effect during deposition, which result in remarkable low surface roughness and porosity of the coatings. In addition, very low deposition efficiency and good interfacial bonding between the coating and the substrate were achieved. For irregular alumina particles, the embedding of ceramic particulates in the coating was dominant during deposition process, resulting in high retention in the final deposit. However, it showed limited influence on porosity, surface roughness and interfacial bonding of the deposit. The coatings containing irregular alumina particulates exhibited much higher microhardness than those containing spherical alumina due to the higher load-bearing capacity of deposited alumina.


Cold spray Alumina particles Microstructure Micro-tamping effect Embedding effect 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51671205 and 51801217).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiang Qiu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Naeem ul Haq Tariq
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Lu Qi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jun-Rong Tang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xin-Yu Cui
    • 1
  • Hao Du
    • 1
  • Ji-Qiang Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tian-Ying Xiong
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of SciencesShenyangChina
  2. 2.School of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaShenyangChina
  3. 3.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.Department of Metallurgy and Materials EngineeringInstitute of Engineering and Applied SciencesNilore, IslamabadPakistan

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