Deposition Mechanism Analysis of Cold-Sprayed Fluoropolymer Coatings and Its Wettability Evaluation

Wesley Lock Sulen, Kesavan Ravi, Chrystelle Bernard, Yuji Ichikawa, Kazuhiro Ogawa

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Polymer coating by cold spray presents interesting features such as the possibility of protecting metallic substrates or adding functionalities to a structure. However, it is characterized by a low deposition efficiency and a weak interface between the substrate and the coating. In this study, we performed fluoropolymer coatings by the cold-spray process. Analysis of the particle deposition during cold spray highlighted the importance of the particle size, substrate temperature and inlet gas temperature and pressure on the adhesion polymer/substrate. The addition of hydrophobized fumed nano-ceramics (FNC) to the polymer feedstock enhances the deposition efficiency and polymer adhesion on the substrate. The addition of fumed nano-alumina (FNA) to the polymer feedstock tends to give better results than fumed nano-silica in terms of deposition efficiency thanks to (1) the difference in surface charge leading to the attractive force between the polymer and the FNA during the powder preparation stage and (2) a homogeneous repartition of the FNA on the polymer particle surface. In addition, the hydrophobization of the FNC maintains and enhances the hydrophobicity and water repellency properties of the fluoropolymer coating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1643-1659
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Thermal Spray Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 1


  • Cold spray
  • fluoropolymer
  • hydrophobic coating
  • nano-ceramic particles
  • polymer powder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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