Plasma sprayed cylinder lining coatings: Factors affecting the amount of ceramics in plasma sprayed cylinder lining coatings
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Scania uses powder plasma spray technology to coat their cylinder linings. The powder used contains stainless steel and ceramics. In order for the properties of the coating to reach the quality demands, it has to have a certain amount of pores and ceramics in it. Despite the process being strictly controlled the coating has proven to exhibit differences in composition.
Process parameters for each coated lining are logged and as part of Scania’s quality control, samples of the coating are frequently tested. For the purpose of this work, three process parameters were mapped in search for correlations to the composition of the coating – electric current, voltage and power output. To investigate the homogeneity of the powder it was analyzed using Scanning Electron Microscopy.
The main findings were that there are no correlations found between the three process parameters and the composition of the coating. Moreover, in the powder analysis it was found that the composition of the powder itself varies to an extent that elements differ as much as twice the amount in between different batches and sites in the production.
The results imply that it is difficult to prevent irregularities by managing process parameters. The variations in powder composition need to be further investigated in order to determine its impact on the quality of the coating.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scania, plasma, cylinder, foder, beläggning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-171422DiVA: diva2:843928
Subject / course
Materials Design and Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Jonsson, Stefan, ProfessorTilliander, Anders, Docent