In this work, the possibility of controlling the thermally sprayed TBC microstructure is in order to improve the overall TBC system performance. The control is possible primarily by metallic bond coat surface microtexturization prior to ceramic top coat spraying. Such pretreated bond coat was modeled to investigate the influence of the substrate topography on the plasma stream behavior as well as the feedstock particle thermophysical properties and trajectories in the substrate closest proximity. The microscale computational domain was considered here. It was extracted from entire spraying domain and located in the microtextured substrate boundary layer. Then, advanced flow models were introduced to the governing equations to define heat flux to the substrate, turbulent flow, and plasma jet / feedstock droplets interaction. Feedstock discrete phase was defined by the means of Discrete Phase Model (DPM) including particle drag laws and DPM source modelling. The motivation for this study was to model and investigate the influence of the bond coat microtexturization on the behavior of the feedstock particles in the substrate boundary layer. This opens the possibility of better understanding the TBC build-up mechanism and strictly controlling the microstructure of such TBCs.

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