Special Issue "Thermal Spray Processes: The Evolution of Equipment, Technology and Feedstock"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lech Pawlowski

University of Limoges, SPCTS, 12, rue Atlantis 87068 Limoges, France
Interests: thermal spray technology of powders and suspension; nanometric coatings technology, in particular suspension plasma spray metal oxide coatings (hydroxyapatite, titania, zirconia); laser treatment of materials (laser heating, glazing and engraving); films technologies by laser ablation; characterization techniques by TEM, SEM, XRD, Raman microscopy
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andreas Killinger

Institute for Manufacturing Technologies of Ceramic Components and Composites, University of Stuttgart, Allmandring 7b, D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Phone: 0049 173 6546854
Interests: Thermal spraying; Suspension and solution spraying; plasma and high velocity oxy fuel flame spraying; ceramic; cermet and metal coatings; composite coatings; Industrial applications: automotive, biomedical, paper and printing, energy conversion
Guest Editor
Dr. Filofteia-Laura Toma

Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS), Group Manager Thermal Spraying, Business Unit Thermal Surface Technology, Winterbergstrasse 28, D-01277 Dresden, Germany
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Interests: research and development of ceramic; hardmetal and metal coatings by various thermal coating processes and their industrial applications; thermal spraying with suspensions from the development of appropriate hardware components to the tailored coating solutions and technology transfer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thermal spraying is one of most versatile technologies in coatings deposition. Its attractiveness results from its high efficiency of deposition of a broad range of materials, including ceramics, metals, and alloys. In the last few years, new emerging spray technologies, mainly cold spraying and thermal spraying with liquid feedstocks, have become of increasing interest. The torches used to spray use cold or warm gases accelerated in a De Laval nozzle; hot gases or plasmas being heated by gas combustion or by an electric arc. The evolutions in torches design include the ways of feedstock injection and methods of gas heating. The use of liquid feedstock, such as suspensions and solution precursors, enabled the achievement of new coating architectures and the achievement of promising mechanical or thermophysical properties. On the other hand, development of metal-cladded ceramic powders paves the way to obtain cermet coatings with the use of the cold spray technique.

The proposed Special Issue of Metals invites the authors of papers that are active in the development of these new thermal spray processes, as well as on the design of new concepts for feedstock.

Prof. Dr. Lech Pawlowski
Prof. Dr. Andreas Killinger
Dr. Filofteia-Laura Toma
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Cold gas spraying
  • Suspension thermal spraying
  • Solution precursor thermal spray
  • Plasma spray torches evolution
  • Metal cladded ceramic powder for cold spray

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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