Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes offer geometrical freedom to design complex shaped parts that cannot be manufactured with conventional processes. This leads to new applications including aerospace propulsion systems where the Ni-superalloy based material has to withstand high operating temperatures. In this contribution, the influence of heat treatment and surface conditioning of the additively manufactured Inconel 718 substrates on the thermocycling performance of suspension sprayed YSZ coatings was investigated. The different surface conditions included as-built, sandblasted and milled substrate surfaces with and without heat treatment. YSZ coatings were applied using suspension plasma spraying (SPS) with commercial available suspensions. Thermal cycling tests (FCT) at 1100°C, 1300 °C, and 1500 °C were applied to coating systems until failure occurred. The microstructures of the samples were characterized before and after thermal cycling. The performance of the coatings was mainly influenced by the coating morphology and FCT test conditions and less by the state of the AM substrates. Columnar-like YSZ SPS sprayed coatings on AM Inconel 718 substrates seemed to be a promising candidate for rocket engine applications.

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