In this paper, the mechanical properties and cracking features of yttria stabilized zirconia with and without bond coat on steel substrates is investigated. Four point bending tests have been used to evaluate the mechanical properties, while acoustic emission (AE) has been used to in situ monitor the cracking behavior during the bend tests. In the sprayed state, the samples were characterized by four-point bending tests with local noise emission. In comparison with the substrate, the coated samples showed an increased flow pressure. It is also shown that the processing parameters, the cooling, and the adhesive layer have a significant influence on the flow pressure. It is proven that the cooling affects the behavior of the load-displacement curves. The AE analysis shows the different deformation behavior of the coating-substrate system for the different processing conditions. This is supported by the surface crack analysis. Paper includes a German-language abstract.