Zirconia stabilized with a combination of scandia and yttria (ScYSZ) powder for plasma spraying was synthesized by chemical coprecipitation process in the experiment, and the ScYSZ powder contains 7.0mol% scandia and 1.5mol% yttria. The microstructure, phase stability and thermal conductivity of plasma sprayed ScYSZ thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) were investigated. The results revealed that the ScYSZ TBCs had excellent stability to retain single metastable tetragonal t′phase even after high temperature (1500 °C) exposure for 300 hours and did not undergo a tetragonal-to-monoclinic phase transition upon cooling. Furthermore, the ScYSZ TBCs had lower thermal conductivity than 3.5-4.5mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia TBCs currently used in gas turbine engine industry. ScYSZ TBCs could be developed as a novel TBCs for advanced gas turbine engines.

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