In this paper, nanostructure Lanthanum zirconate thermal barrier coatings (MCrAlY+ La2Zr2O7) were prepared by atmospheric plasma sprayed (APS). The microstructures and thermal stability properties were systematically studied by Scanning Electric Microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-Ray diffraction(XRD). The results showed that the nanostructured lanthanum zirconate coatings were typical lamellar structure which was composed of columnar grains about 90nm in diameter. A large quantity of micro-cracks and homogeneous distributed fine pores formed in the nanostructured zirconia coating. After ablation at 1300 °C for 24 h, no apparent phase transformation was observed in lanthanum zirconate coating. The growth mechanism of the grains was subsequently discussed.

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