In this work, a low-temperature melting composition located within the glass-forming region of the Y2O3-Al2O3-SiO2 (YAS) system is proposed and tested as a protective coating for SiC ceramics. Glassy coatings 197 µm thick were obtained by flame spraying YAS granules on SiC substrates that had been grit blasted and coated with a Si bond layer. Bulk glasses of the same composition were also produced for use as a reference material. The hardness, elastic modulus, and thermal conductivity of the coatings and bulk specimens were evaluated and compared and the effect of heat treatment was investigated. Crystallization occurred in both the bulk glass and coating during isothermal treatments in air at 1100-1350 °C, but it did not compromise system integrity due to crack healing.

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