Vol 10, No 1 (2006) > Articles >

Modification of Bonding Strength Test of WC HVOF Thermal Spray Coating on Rocket Nozzle

Bondan Sofyan 1 , Haposan Pardede 1 , Marizki Stefano 1 , Edi Sofyan 1



Abstract: One way to reduce structural weight of RX-100 rocket is by modifying the nozzle material and processing. Nozzle is the main target in weight reduction due to the fact that it contributes 30 % to the total weight of the structur. An alternative for this is by substitution of massive graphite, which is currently used as thermal protector in the nozzle, with thin layer of HVOF (High Velocity Oxy-Fuel) thermal spray layer. This paper presents the characterization of nozzle base material as well as the modification of bonding strength test, by designing additional jig to facilitate testing processes while maintaining level of test accuracy. The results showed that the material used forĀ  RX-100 rocket nozzle is confirmed to be S45C steel. Modification of the bonding strength test was conducted by utilizing chains, which improve test flexibility and maintains level of accuracy of the test.
Keywords: thermal spray, WC, bonding strength test.
Published at: Vol 10, No 1 (2006) pages: 24-27

Access Counter: 1058 views, 943 PDF downloads, .

Full PDF Download


M. Rycroft, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space, Cambridge University Press, 1990.


B. Q. Wang, Z. R. Shui, Wear 253 (2002) 550.

C. J. Li, W.Y. Li, Surface Coatings Tech. 162 (2002) 31.

Y. Qiao, T.E. Fischer, A. Dent, Surface Coatings Tech. 172 (2003) 24.