The development of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) for diesel engines has been driven by the potential improvements in engine power and fuel efficiency that TBCs represent. TBCs have been employed for many years to reduce corrosion of valves and pistons because of their high temperature durability and thermal insulative properties. There are research programs to improve TBCs wear resistance to allow for its use in tribologically intensive areas of the engine. This paper will present results from tribological tests of ceria stabilized zirconia (CeSZ). The CeSZ was applied by atmospheric plasma spray process. Various mechanical and thermal properties were measured including wear, coefficient of thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, and microhardness. The results show the potential use of CeSZ in wear sensitive applications in diesel applications. Keywords: Thermal Barrier Coating, Diesel Engine, Wear, Thermal Conductivity, and Thermal Expansion

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