We are proud to announce the publication of our article written in cooperation with the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences: “The Role of Laser Texturing in Improving the Adhesion of Plasma Sprayed Tungsten Coatings“
The scientific journal, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, published our article written in cooperation with the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
J. Matějíček, M. Vilémová, D. Moskal, R. Mušálek, J. Krofta, M. Janata, Z. Kutílek, J. Klečka, S. Heuer, J. Martan, E. Nardozza, Š. Houdková, and D. Dorow-Gerspach. The Role of Laser Texturing in Improving the Adhesion of Plasma Sprayed Tungsten Coatings, J. Therm. Spray Technol. (2019) 28: 1346.
Plasma sprayed W-based coatings have the potential application as joining interlayers for the plasma-facing components of future fusion reactors. Particularly in the form of tungsten-steel functionally graded materials (FGMs), they would reduce the stress concentration between the W-based plasma-facing armor and steel-based construction. For mechanical integrity, good adhesion is essential. For this, conventional grit blasting treatment of the substrate may not be sufficient. Therefore, alternative treatments capable of reaching significantly higher roughness without damaging the substrate are sought. In this study, the effects of laser texturing on the adhesion of plasma sprayed W and W-steel FGMs on W and steel substrates are investigated. A variety of surface profiles were achieved by controlled laser ablation in several types of patterns. Their geometric features were systematically varied and measured, and the extent of their filling by the coating material was evaluated. On the most promising patterns, coating adhesion tests were performed in shear loading mode and the best performing patterns were identified. Significant improvement over grit-blasted surface was obtained on patterned surfaces with a high effective contact area, promoting mechanical interlocking. On steel substrates, generally higher adhesion was observed, surpassing already the coating cohesive strength; this is attributed to a combination of mechanical interlocking and metallurgical bonding.
Keywords: adhesive strength, interlayers, nuclear fusion, plasma-facing materials, tungsten, substrate patterning, water stabilized plasma