Laser cladding is a progressive technology enabling to deposit coatings in thickness higher than 1 mm. In comparison with the conventional overwelds it offers the advantage of thinner heat-affected zone in the substrate material and lower and better controlled inner residual stress and related deformation. Compare to thermal sprayed coatings, it provides the metallurgical bonding to the substrate and fully dense coating microstructure with zero porosity, enabling the full corrosion protection of substrate. The range of materials deposited by laser cladding is limited to metals and its alloy due to the principle of technology, requiring the simultaneous melting of substrate surface layer and added coating materials. To improve the wear resistance, the hard particles such as carbides are added to the feedstock powder. During deposition process, the kinetics of melting and solidification of both metal and carbide particles are controlled by used technological parameters of laser. In the paper, the influence of deposition parameters on the geometrical characteristics and microstructure of WC-NiCrBSi laser clad coating is presented with attention paid namely to the hard particles decomposition and its influence on the measured hardness.Keywords: WC-NiCrBSi, laser clad, dilution, laser beam scanning speed, carbide dissolution
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