In the study, Axial Suspension Plasma Spray (SPS) was used to produce a range of columnar microstructures from Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) suspension after an extensive experimental design. The optimized microstructure was applied to a multi-layer GZ/YSZ system, in which both layers were sprayed with SPS. In addition to SPS, a new GZ coating using Axial Solution Precursor Plasma Spray (SPPS) was developed and deposited on top of the SPS GZ coating. The durability in the furnace cycling test (FCT), as well as the consequences of CMAS infiltration into the columnar coatings was extensively studied on different microstructures. Preliminary CMAS test on the SPS coatings infiltrated them completely, leading to delamination. To minimize the detrimental effect of CMAS on the underlying SPS, the dense solution precursor GZ layer was aimed to act as a sealant to protect the underlying columnar SPS-GZ layer from molten CMAS infiltration.

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