Plasma generated by an SG-100 torch was applied to a spray suspension formulated with the use of ZrO2+8 wt% Y2O3 (8YSZ) solid phase. The solids had a mean size of about 4.5 μm and were obtained by milling of commercial Metco 204 NS powder. The suspension was formulated with 20 wt% solid phase, 40 wt% water and 40 wt% ethanol. The plasma spray parameters were optimized with the electric power equal to 40 kW, working gases composition Ar 45 slpm and H2 5 slpm, spray distance varying from 40 to 60 mm, and torch scan linear speed varying from 300 to 500 mm/s. Coatings with thicknesses ranging from 51 to 106 μm were sprayed onto stainless steel substrates. The porosity of the samples was found from the image analysis of metallographically prepared cross-sections of the samples to be in the range of 8 to 12%. Thermal diffusivity was measured with the use of the commercial NanoFlash system in the temperature range from room temperature to 523 K. The measurements were made with the use of the coatings sprayed on the substrate, and a 2-layer numerical model was developed to determine thermal diffusivity of the coatings. The diffusivity was in the range from 0.196 × 10-6 to 0.352 × 10-6 m2/s in room temperature depending on the spray parameters. The obtained data were then associated with the literature data of density and specific heat and experimental porosity to find thermal conductivity, which was in the range of 0.47 to 0.86 W/(mK) at room temperature, depending on the spray run.

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