The technology and thermal shock properties and thermal conductivity of plasma sprayed nanostructured yttria-stabilized zirconia thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are studied in this paper. The TBCs on the substrate of Ni3Al based alloy IC-10 were fabricated by using the nanostructured yttria-stabilized zirconia powder under certain plasma spraying conditions. By manipulating the plasma spray process, nanostructured TBCs were obtained. The specimens were thermally shocked from 1000°C, 1100 °C and 1200°C into 20°C water and the morphology and microstructure of the TBCs were evaluated by light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thermal diffusivity was tested by a laser pulse method. The results showed that the nanostructured TBCs had more than 30% reduction in thermal conductivity and the thermal shock lifetimes were much longer than that of the conventional TBCs.

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