Plasma sprayed ceramic coatings have much lower stiffness in comparison to sintered ceramics. The reason for that is their characteristic microstructure with porosity and microcracks. Microcracks decrease the interlamellar cohesion in vertical direction, but also affect the individual splat properties in the horizontal direction. For that reason sealing treatments are often applied with plasma sprayed ceramic coatings in order to improve their corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. In this paper the effect of aluminum phosphate sealing treatment on the elastic properties of plasma sprayed Al2O3 and Cr2O3 coatings were studied. Residual stresses in the plane of coating surfaces were compared using the X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). A special four point bending device, designed for the X-ray diffractometer, was used in determining the effect of additional load on coating elastic behavior. In as-sprayed alumina coatings tensile stresses of about 400 MPa were detected while only about 40 MPa of compressive stresses were measured in the as-sprayed chromia coatings. Microstructural characterization revealed that sealing treatment had apparently affected the coating microstructure and filled some microcracks and interlamellar spacings. As a result, in both sealed coatings, compressive stresses of about 100 up to 150 MPa were observed. Also a better stiffness of both materials was detected during the bending of specimens. In addition, the sealing treatment increased nearly ten times the Young’s modulus, determined by XRD analysis under various tensile loads.

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