Fracture toughness and phase stability are crucial properties of thermal barrier coatings (TBC) during highly loaded thermomechanical operations in gas turbines. While several alternative TBC materials have exhibited excellent thermal resistance, their potential applicability has been limited due to poor endurance to cyclic stresses. The addition of TiO2 to the non-transformable tetragonal t´-YSZ has been found to effectively enhance the fracture toughness and phase stability of YSZ at high temperature exposures. Thermal cycling tests in a burner rig were conducted on TBCs prepared from atmospheric plasma sprayed titania-doped YSZ to verify this phenomena. Exposure temperature was 1400°C at the surface and thermal gradient across the sample was provided by simultaneous back-cooling treatment. Cycling tests reveal that the slight increase in the tetragonality of the deposited coatings with increasing amount of dopant did not cause a significant effect to the lifetime of the TBCs. Moreover, increasing amount of Ti-substitution did not influence the fracture toughness of the bulk YSZ.

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