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Electroless Ni-P+PTFE Duplex Coatings for Geothermal

Tue, 08 June, 2021

The Geo-Coat consortium is pleased to announce the publication of its work "The Effect of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Particles on Microstructural and Tribological Properties of Electroless Ni-P+PTFE Duplex Coatings Developed for Geothermal Applications"  in Coatings 2021, 11(6), 670.

Materials used in geothermal environments are exposed to harsh conditions such as high loads, temperature, and corrosive fluids, causing corrosion, scaling, erosion and wear of components. To improve the corrosion- and wear-resistance and anti-scaling properties of materials for geothermal environment, a ENP duplex coating with PTFE nanoparticles was developed and deposited on mild steel within the H2020 EU Geo-Coat project. AN ENP thin adhesive layer and ENP+PTFE top functional layer form the duplex structure of the coating.

The objective of this study was to test the mechanical and tribological properties of the developed ENP-PTFE coatings with varying PTFE content. The microstructural, mechanical and tribological properties of the as-deposited coating with increasing PTFE content in the top functional layer in the order: ENP1, ENP2 and ENP3 were evaluated. The results showed maximum wear protection of the substrates at the lowest load; however, increasing load and sliding cycles increased the wear rates, and 79% increased lubrication was recorded for the ENP2 duplex coating. The wear performance of ENP3 greatly improved with a wear resistance of 8.3 × 10^4 m/mm3 compared to 6.9 × 10^4 m/mm3 for ENP2 and 2.1 × 10^4 m/mm3 for ENP1. The results are applicable in developing low friction, hydrophobic or wear-resistive surfaces  typically relevant to heating and cooling systems in conventional geothermal plants.

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