Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


German, Randal M.

Committee Member

Berry, John T.

Committee Member

Park, Seong Jin

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


If an expensive part such a turbine blade or high quality tool needed to be refurbished instead of discarded, the part would have be coated in a way that would resemble or even exceed its previous surface properties. In this regard, this work studies a tungsten carbide-nickel braze alloy hardface composite prepared by liquid infiltration. A unique polymeric binder system was used to form the brazing cloth which formed the carrier for the tungsten carbide and nickel braze alloy particles. After thermal pyrolysis of the binder, the nickel braze alloy would infiltrate into a porous tungsten carbide layer becoming a hard surface coating or hardfacing. These brazing cloths were formulated to achieve a theoretical full density coating after the infiltration process. The hardface would also be brazed to its base substrate. In this study, infiltration of a porous material and brazing are mated in one continuous process. The goal of this research is the measure of hardfacing in relations to powder-polymer processing, infiltration of porous materials and brazing cycles to achieve superior hardness and braze interface quality.