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Materials Transactions, Vol.46 No.08 (2005) pp.1775-1778
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Effects of Heat Treatment on Microstructures and Physical Properties of Segmented Thermal Barrier Coatings

Hongbo Guo, Hideyuki Murakami and Seiji Kuroda

Materials Engineering Laboratory, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba Science City, Ibaraki 305-0047, Japan

Highly segmented thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) were produced by ``hot'' plasma spraying. The effects of heat treatment on the microstructures, mechanical and thermophysical properties were studied. The segmented coatings are denser than traditionally plasma-sprayed TBCs due to its good insplat bonding at high substrate temperature. The segmentation cracks and associating branching cracks hardly propagated or closed during sintering process, indicative of a good stability of crack network. Due to its low porosity, the segmented coatings compromised the property of thermal insulation of TBCs. For the coatings after 24 h heat treatment at 1523 K, the thermal conductivity was improved by around 35%. The segmentation cracks had a strong impact on decreasing the Young's modulus. Heat treatment could not effectively promote the increase of the Young's modulus, especially for the case of highly segmented coatings.

(Received 2005/4/25; Accepted 2005/6/27; Published 2005/8/15)

Keywords: thermal barrier coatings, plasma spraying, sintering, segmentation cracks, microstructure, thermal conductivity, Young's modulus

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