Hot section components of stationary gas turbines such as turbine blades are coated with thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) to increase the high thermal strain tolerance thereby the improvement of the performance for the gas turbines. TBCs represent high-performance ceramics and are mostly composed of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) in order to fulfil the function of thermal insulation. The microstructure of conventional TBCs should be porous to decrease heat conduction. Besides porous TBCs, the recently developed vertically segmented thermal barrier coatings (s-TBCs) feature outstanding thermal durability. In this work, process parameter development for atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) of s-TBCs is presented. Within the experiments, relevant process parameters such as powder feed rate, surface speed and pathway strategy have been optimized. The aim of this work is to achieve a combination of low internal residual stress and high adhesive tensile strength for s-TBCs. For the formation of vertical cracks, the heat input into the powder feedstock material and the substrate must be controlled precisely.

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