Abstract

Thermal barrier coatings have been extensively used in several industrial segments. The material used as an insulator in such systems has been partially stabilized zirconia (PSZ) plasma sprayed over a metallic bond coat layer. The ceramic layer is usually porous, thus improving insulation properties. The porosity also increases gas permeability and, therefore, reduces oxidation resistance of the coating. Post-treatments have been applied to reduce the open porosity and improve oxidation resistance. In this work thermal barrier coatings were applied on low carbon steel substrates using two sets of bond coat, i.e., metallic and metal-ceramic. The metallic bond coat was NiCrAlY. The metal-ceramic bond coat was a mixture of NiCrAlY and 8% yttria partially stabilized zirconia, which were applied by simultaneous feeding to the plasma torch from two powder feeders. A sol-gel method was employed to impregnate the porous ceramic top coat with alumina or zirconia. The samples in the as-sprayed and post-treated condition were characterized using mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP), thermal conductivity. KEY WORDS: Thermal Conductivity, TBCs, Sol-Gel.

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