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Failure analysis of Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ multi-layered thermal barrier coatings subjected to thermal cyclic fatigue
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2475-9284 
Treibacher Industrie AG, Austria.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0209-1332
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1181-0415
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9578-4076
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, ISSN 0925-8388, E-ISSN 1873-4669, Vol. 689, p. 1011-1019Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

8 wt.% yttria stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) is the standard ceramic top coat material used in thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) due to its excellent thermo-physical and thermo-mechanical properties. However, above 1200 °C, YSZ has issues such as susceptibility to CMAS (Calcium Magnesium Alumino Silicates) attack and enhanced sintering which could lead to catastrophic failure of the TBC. Pyrochlores of rare earth zirconate composition such as gadolinium zirconate have shown to be resistant to CMAS attack and at the same time possess several other attractive properties. However, poor thermal cycling life of single layer gadolinium zirconate (GZ) TBC compared to single layer YSZ has been reported. Therefore, a double layered GZ/YSZ TBC with YSZ as the intermediate coating and GZ as the top coat and a single layer 8YSZ were deposited by the axial suspension plasma spray process. Additionally, a triple layer TBC (GZdense/GZ/YSZ) comprising of denser GZ coating on top of GZ/YSZ TBC was deposited. SEM analysis revealed a columnar microstructure in the single, double and triple layer TBCs. XRD analysis confirmed the presence of tetragonal prime and defect fluorite phases in the top surface of YSZ and GZ based as sprayed TBCs respectively. The single layer YSZ and GZ/YSZ multi-layered TBCs were subjected to thermal cyclic fatigue (TCF) testing at 1100 °C and 1200 °C. The triple layer TBC showed a higher thermal cyclic life at both the temperatures compared to the single and double layer TBCs. The failed TBCs at 1100 °C were analyzed by SEM/EDS and image analysis. It was found that the failure modes in single layer YSZ and GZ based TBCs were different.

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2016. Vol. 689, p. 1011-1019
Keywords [en]
Gadolinium zirconate, yttria stabilized zirconia, axial suspension plasma spray, multi-layered thermal barrier coating, columnar microstructure, thermal cyclic fatigue
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Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
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ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering; Production Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9811DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2016.07.333ISI: 000384427200129Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84982239051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9811DiVA, id: diva2:955783
Available from: 2016-08-26 Created: 2016-08-26 Last updated: 2018-06-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Functional Performance of Gadolinium Zirconate/Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Multi-Layered Thermal Barrier Coatings
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Functional Performance of Gadolinium Zirconate/Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Multi-Layered Thermal Barrier Coatings
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is the state-of-the-art ceramic top coat material used for thermal barrier coating (TBC) applications. Demand for higher efficiency in gas turbine engines has led to a continuous increase in the gas in let temperature. However, this increase in temperature has pushed YSZ to its upper limit. Above1200 °C, issues such as poor phase stability, high sintering rate, and susceptibility to CMAS (Calcium Magnesium Alumino Silicates) degradation limit the durability of YSZ based TBCs. Among the new top coat materials suggested for high temperature TBC applications, gadolinium zirconate (GZ) is an interesting alternative to YSZ since it has shown attractive properties which include a better resistance to CMAS attack. However, GZ has poor thermo-chemical compatibility with the thermally grown oxide (alumina), leading to poor thermalcyclic fatigue performance of single layered GZ TBCs. Therefore, a multi-layered GZ/YSZ based TBC design seems promising. This work presents a new approach of depositing multi-layered (double and triple layered) GZ/YSZ TBCs using the recently developed suspension plasma spray(SPS) process. SPS was employed in this work because of its capability to mimic the electron beam physical vapour deposition (EB-PVD) process in terms of producing columnar microstructured TBCs. Single layer YSZ TBCs were also deposited by SPS process and used as a reference for comparing the functional performance of multi-layered GZ based TBCs. The primary aim of this work was to improve the durability of GZ based multilayered TBCs at high temperatures. Durability tests were performed in the temperature range 1100 °C - 1400 °C under different thermal cyclic test conditions (with and without thermal gradient). The results indicate that multilayered GZ based TBCs improve durability compared to the single layer YSZTBCs at all the test temperatures. Failure analysis of the multi-layered GZ/YSZTBCs revealed spallation within the GZ layer close to GZ/YSZ interface and the reason was believed to be the inferior fracture toughness of GZ. In order to improve the fracture toughness in the region of failure, a composite approach comprising multi-layered GZ+YSZ based TBC was considered. It was shown that the composite GZ+YSZ based TBCs did not improve the thermal cyclic lifetime, although improvement in fracture toughness was observed. As a further extension of this work, the influence of YSZ layer thickness on the durability of GZ/YSZTBCs was investigated. It was shown that an increase in YSZ layer thickness in the GZ/YSZ TBC led to poor durability. Additionally, the other important performance criteria for TBCs, i.e. thermal conductivity, was measured experimentally and compared with the single layer YSZ TBC. It was shown that the GZ based TBCs had lower thermal conductivity than YSZ. The second aim was to investigate and compare the erosion performance of multi-layered GZ based TBCs and single layered YSZ TBCs. In the erosion testconducted at room temperature, the GZ based TBCs showed lower erosion resistance compared to the single layer YSZ TBC. The main reason for this difference was attributed to the inferior fracture toughness of GZ. In case of the composite multi-layered GZ+YSZ based TBC, an improvement in erosion resistance was observed compared to the multi-layered GZ based TBC. Based on the results obtained, this work has demonstrated that SPS is a promising processing technique to produce columnar microstructured TBCs irrespective of the composition (GZ, YSZ, GZ+YSZ). It was also shown that GZ/YSZ multilayered TBCs are promising for high temperature TBC applications due to theirl ow thermal conductivity and high thermal cyclic fatigue lifetime. However, low erosion resistance for certain applications might be an issue for the GZ basedTBCs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West, 2018. p. 82
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PhD Thesis: University West ; 18
Keywords
Composite; Erosion; Gadolinium Zirconate; Suspension Plasma Spray; Thermal Barrier Coatings; Thermal Cyclic Test; Thermal Conductivity; Yttria Stabilized Zirconia.
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Production Technology
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urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12301 (URN)978-91-87531-86-6 (ISBN)978-91-87531-85-9 (ISBN)
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2018-06-05, F104, Trollhättan, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2018-05-16 Created: 2018-05-15 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved

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