This investigation evaluates the microstructure and properties of thermal barrier coatings produced by suspension plasma spraying. A YSZ suspension was injected axially into a plasma jet and deposited on a superalloy substrate with a CoNiCrAlY bond coat. SEM examination revealed a columnar microstructure with a network of vertical segmentation cracks and horizontal branching cracks. In furnace cycle testing, the TBCs withstood 166 thermal shock cycles with failure attributed to partial spallation of the columnar segments initiating at the edge and center of the coatings. The TBCs were also subjected to burner rig tests to assess thermal insulation properties and to heat treatments up to 1600 °C to evaluate thermal stability based on phase composition, grain size, and microhardness.

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