Trends of turbine blades of advanced aircraft gas turbine engines are to increase output power of the engines, to increase engine efficiency, and to reduce environmental emission, and thus, higher operating temperatures of the engines are required. One of the technologies for increasing the operating temperature is a thermal barrier splayed coating. A research paper claims that molybdenum silicide in a splayed coating has a self-healing capability for cracks formed in the coating by embedding the cracks with silicon dioxide formed from molybdenum silicide at high temperatures. This article discusses the methods for the extension of life of thermal barrier sprayed coatings by incorporating molybdenum silicide. It discusses monitoring method for detecting cracking conditions in heating and cooling cycles by signals of acoustic emission. A possibility of estimating fatigue life by utilizing an X-ray method for measuring residual stress is also considered.

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