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A Diffusion-based Oxide Layer Growth Model using Real Interface Roughness in Thermal Barrier Coatings for Lifetime Assessment
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2857-0975
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
EDR Medeso, Västerås, Sweden.
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7787-5444
2015 (English)In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 271, no June, p. 181-191Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The development of thermo-mechanical stresses during thermal cycling can lead to the formation of detrimental cracks in Atmospheric Plasma Sprayed (APS) Thermal Barrier Coatings systems (TBCs). These stresses are significantly increased by the formation of a Thermally Grown Oxide (TGO) layer that forms through the oxidation of mainly aluminium in the bondcoat layer of the TBC. As shown in previous work done by the authors, the topcoat-bondcoat interface roughness plays a major role in the development of the stress profile in the topcoat and significantly affects the lifetime of TBCs. This roughness profile varies as the TGO layer grows and changes the stress profile in the topcoat leading to crack propagation and thus failure.

In this work, a two-dimensional TGO growth model is presented, based on oxygen and aluminium diffusion-reaction equations, using real interface profiles extracted from cross-section micrographs. The model was first validated by comparing the TGO profiles artificially created by the model to thermally cycled specimens with varying interface roughness. Thereafter, stress profiles in the TBC system, before and after the TGO layer growth, were estimated using a finite element modelling model described in previous work done by the authors. Three experimental specimens consisting of the same chemistry but with different topcoat-bondcoat interface roughness were studied by the models and the stress state was compared to the lifetimes measured experimentally. The combination of the two models described in this work was shown to be an effective approach to assess the stress behaviour and lifetime of TBCs in a comparative way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 271, no June, p. 181-191
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Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7178DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2014.12.043ISI: 000355349800028Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84928587679OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7178DiVA, id: diva2:772181
Conference
2014 International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (NANOSMAT) - Europe
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Ingår i dissertation Available online 24 December 2014

Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Design of Thermal Barrier Coatings: A modelling approach
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Design of Thermal Barrier Coatings: A modelling approach
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Atmospheric plasma sprayed (APS) thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are commonly used for thermal protection of components in modern gas turbine application such as power generation, marine and aero engines. TBC is a duplex material system consisting of an insulating ceramic topcoat layer and an intermetallic bondcoat layer. TBC microstructures are highly heterogeneous, consisting of defects such as pores and cracks of different sizes which determine the coating's final thermal and mechanical properties, and the service lives of the coatings. Failure in APS TBCs is mainly associated with the thermo-mechanical stresses developing due to the thermally grown oxide (TGO) layer growth at the topcoat-bondcoat interface and thermal expansion mismatch during thermal cycling. The interface roughness has been shown to play a major role in the development of these induced stresses and lifetime of TBCs.The objective of this thesis work was two-fold for one purpose: to design an optimised TBC to be used for next generation gas turbines. The first objective was to investigate the relationships between coating microstructure and thermal-mechanical properties of topcoats, and to utilise these relationships to design an optimised morphology of the topcoat microstructure. The second objective was to investigate the relationships between topcoat-bondcoat interface roughness, TGO growth and lifetime of TBCs, and to utilise these relationships to design an optimal interface. Simulation technique was used to achieve these objectives. Important microstructural parameters influencing the performance of topcoats were identified and coatings with the feasible identified microstructural parameters were designed, modelled and experimentally verified. It was shown that large globular pores with connected cracks inherited within the topcoat microstructure significantly enhanced TBC performance. Real topcoat-bondcoat interface topographies were used to calculate the induced stresses and a diffusion based TGO growth model was developed to assess the lifetime. The modelling results were compared with existing theories published in previous works and experiments. It was shown that the modelling approach developed in this work could be used as a powerful tool to design new coatings and interfaces as well as to achieve high performance optimised morphologies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West, 2014. p. xvi, 85
Series
PhD Thesis: University West ; 5
Keywords
Thermal barrier coatings, Microstructure, Thermal conductivity, Young’s modulus, Interface roughness, Thermally grown oxide, Lifetime, Finite element modelling, Design
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering
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urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7181 (URN)978-91-87531-06-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-01-28, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2016-08-16Bibliographically approved

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