2019 №11 (03) DOI of Article
2019 №11 (05)

The Paton Welding Journal 2019 #11
The Paton Welding Journal, 2019, #11, 19-22 pages
Journal The Paton Welding Journal
Publisher International Association «Welding»
ISSN 0957-798X (print)
Issue #11, 2019 (November)
Pages 19-22

Investigation of electrical and thermal characteristics of plasmatron for microplasma spraying of coatings from powder materials

Yu.S. Borisov, S.G. Voinarovych, A.N. Kyslytsia, E.K. Kuzmych-Ianchuk and S.N. Kaliuzhnyi

E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute of the NAS of Ukraine 11 Kazymyr Malevych Str., 03150, Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail:

The volt-ampere characteristics were studied and the thermal efficiency of the MP-04 plasmatron for the installation of microplasma spraying MPN-004 was determined under the conditions of formation of a laminar argon microplasma jet. The range of operating voltages of the plasmatron was determined and a family of volt-ampere characteristics was plotted, each of which was taken at the constant composition and flow rate of working gas, length of open region of the arc and constant design dimensions of the plasmatron. Analysis of the experimental results shows that volt-ampere characteristics of the MP-04 plasmatron are ascending and linear. It was established that at operating values of current and flow rate of plasma-forming gas, the voltage is in the range of 22–32 V. The thermal efficiency of the plasmatron, the bulk mean initial enthalpy and the temperature of plasma jet were determined depending on the arc current and flow rate of plasma-forming gas by the method of heat flow calorimetry. It was found that under the conditions of microplasma powder spraying process, thermal efficiency of the plasmatron is in the range of 30–55 % and at gas flow rates, exceeding 40 l/h, it practically does not change with the change in current. 16 Ref., 1 Table, 7 Figures.
Keywords: microplasma spraying, argon plasma jet, volt-ampere characteristics of plasmatron, temperature and enthalpy of plasma jet, thermal efficiency, voltage and current of plasma arc, plasma-forming gas flow rate
Received: 23.07.19
Published: 21.12.19


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