Fabrication of Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) with higher lifetime and relatively cheaper processes is of particular interest for gas turbine applications. Suspension Plasma Spray (SPS) is capable of producing coatings with porous columnar structure, and it is also a much cheaper process compared to the conventionally used Electron Beam Physical Vapor Deposition (EB-PVD). Although TBCs fabricated using SPS have lower thermal conductivity as compared to other commonly used processes, they are still not commercialized due to their poor lifetime expectancy. Lifetime of TBCs is highly influenced by the top coat microstructure. The objective of this work was to study the TBCs produced using axial SPS with different process parameters. The bond coat was deposited using High Velocity Air Fuel (HVAF) spray. Influence of the microstructure on lifetime of the coatings was of particular interest and it was determined by thermal cyclic fatigue testing. Thermal conductivity of the coatings was determined by laser flash analysis. The results show that axial SPS could be a promising method of producing TBCs for high temperature gas turbine applications.

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