Thermal cyclic behavior of air plasma sprayed thermal barrier coatings sprayed on stainless steel substrates

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4653-4658
Journal / PublicationSurface and Coatings Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) were deposited by an Air Plasma Spraying (APS) technique. The coating comprised of 93 wt.% ZrO2 and 7 wt.% Y2O3 (YSZ); CoNiCrAlY bond coat; and AISI 316L stainless steels substrate. Thermal cyclic lives of the TBC were determined as a function of bond coat surface roughness, thickness of the coating and the final deposition temperature. Two types of thermal shock tests were performed over the specimens, firstly holding of specimens at 1020 °C for 5 min and then water quenching. The other test consisted of holding of specimens at the same temperature for 4 min and then forced air quenching. In both of the cases the samples were directly pushed into the furnace at 1020 °C. It was observed that the final deposition temperature has great impact over the thermal shock life. The results were more prominent in forced air quenching tests, where the lives of the TBCs were observed more than 500 cycles (at 10% spalling). It was noticed that with increase of TBC's thickness the thermal shock life of the specimens significantly decreased. Further, the bond coat surface roughness varied by employing intermediate grit blasting just after the bond coat spray. It was observed that with decrease in bond coat roughness, the thermal shock life decreased slightly. The results are discussed in terms of residual stresses, determined by hole drill method. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Air Plasma Spraying, Residual stresses, Thermal barrier coatings, Thermal shock test