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  • 1.
    Balachandramurthi Ramanathan, Arun
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Moverare, Johan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, SE 581 83 Linköping, Sweden.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Pederson, Robert
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Additive Manufacturing of Alloy 718 via Electron Beam Melting: Effect of Post-Treatment on the Microstructure and the Mechanical Properties.2018In: Materials, ISSN 1996-1944, E-ISSN 1996-1944, Vol. 12, no 1, article id E68Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Alloy 718 finds application in gas turbine engine components, such as turbine disks, compressor blades and so forth, due to its excellent mechanical and corrosion properties at elevated temperatures. Electron beam melting (EBM) is a recent addition to the list of additive manufacturing processes and has shown the capability to produce components with unique microstructural features. In this work, Alloy 718 specimens were manufactured using the EBM process with a single batch of virgin plasma atomized powder. One set of as-built specimens was subjected to solution treatment and ageing (STA); another set of as-built specimens was subjected to hot isostatic pressing (HIP), followed by STA (and referred to as HIP+STA). Microstructural analysis of as-built specimens, STA specimens and HIP+STA specimens was carried out using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Typical columnar microstructure, which is a characteristic of the EBM manufactured alloy, was observed. Hardness evaluation of the as-built, STA and HIP+STA specimens showed that the post-treatments led to an increase in hardness in the range of ~50 HV1. Tensile properties of the three material conditions (as-built, STA and HIP+STA) were evaluated. Post-treatments lead to an increase in the yield strength (YS) and the ultimate tensile strength (UTS). HIP+STA led to improved elongation compared to STA due to the closure of defects but YS and UTS were comparable for the two post-treatment conditions. Fractographic analysis of the tensile tested specimens showed that the closure of shrinkage porosity and the partial healing of lack of fusion (LoF) defects were responsible for improved properties. Fatigue properties were evaluated in both STA and HIP+STA conditions. In addition, three surface conditions were also investigated, namely the 'raw' as-built surface, the machined surface with the contour region and the machined surface without the contour region. Machining off the contour region completely together with HIP+STA led to significant improvement in fatigue performance.

  • 2.
    Jonnalagadda, K.P.
    et al.
    Linköping University.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Li, X-H.
    Siemens Industrial Turbomachinary, Finspång, Sweden.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylen, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Peng, R.L.
    Trebacher Indiustrie, Austria.
    Hot corrosion behavior of multi-layer suspension plasma sprayed Gd2Zr2O7 /YSZ thermal barrier coatings2016In: Thermal Spray 2016: Proceedings from the International Thermal Spray Conference in Shanghai, P.R China, May 10-12, 2016, DVS Media GmbH , 2016, Vol. 324, p. 261-266Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Jonnalagadda, Krishna Praveen
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Ind AG, Althofen, Austria.
    Li, Xin-Hai
    Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB, Finspång, Sweden.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylen, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Peng, Ru Lin
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Hot Corrosion Mechanism in Multi-Layer Suspension Plasma Sprayed Gd2Zr2O7 /YSZ Thermal Barrier Coatings in the Presence of V2O5 + Na2SO42017In: Journal of thermal spray technology (Print), ISSN 1059-9630, E-ISSN 1544-1016, Vol. 26, no 1-2, p. 140-149Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates the corrosion resistance of two-layer Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ, three-layer dense Gd2Zr2O7/ Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ, and a reference single-layer YSZ coating with a similar overall top coat thickness of 300-320 µm. All the coatings were manufactured by suspension plasma spraying resulting in a columnar structure except for the dense layer. Corrosion tests were conducted at 900 °C for 8 h using V2O5 and Na2SO4 as corrosive salts at a concentration of approximately 4 mg/cm2. SEM investigations after the corrosion tests show that Gd2Zr2O7-based coatings exhibited lower reactivity with the corrosive salts and the formation of gadolinium vanadate (GdVO4), accompanied by the phase transformation of zirconia was observed. It is believed that the GdVO4 formation between the columns reduced the strain tolerance of the coating and also due to the fact that Gd2Zr2O7 has a lower fracture toughness value made it more susceptible to corrosion-induced damage. Furthermore, the presence of a relatively dense layer of Gd2Zr2O7 on the top did not improve in reducing the corrosion-induced damage. For the reference YSZ coating, the observed corrosion-induced damage was lower probably due to combination of more limited salt penetration, the SPS microstructure and superior fracture toughness of YSZ.

  • 4.
    Jonnalagadda, Krishna Praveen
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Kramer, Stephanie
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Zhang, Pimin
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Althofen, Austria.
    Li, Xin-Hai
    Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB,Finspång,Sweden.
    Peng, Ru Lin
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Failure of Multilayer Suspension Plasma Sprayed Thermal Barrier Coatings in the Presence of Na2SO4 and NaCl at 900 °C2019In: Journal of thermal spray technology (Print), ISSN 1059-9630, E-ISSN 1544-1016, Vol. 28, no 1-2, p. 212-222Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The current investigation focuses on understanding the influence of a columnar microstructure and a sealing layer on the corrosion behavior of suspension plasma sprayed thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). Two different TBC systems were studied in this work. First is a double layer made of a composite of gadolinium zirconate + yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) deposited on top of YSZ. Second is a triple layer made of dense gadolinium zirconate deposited on top of gadolinium zirconate + YSZ over YSZ. Cyclic corrosion tests were conducted between 25 and 900 °C with an exposure time of 8 h at 900 °C. 75 wt.% Na2SO4 + 25 wt.% NaCl were used as the corrosive salts at a concentration of 6 mg/cm2. Scanning electron microscopy analysis of the samples’ cross sections showed that severe bond coat degradation had taken place for both the TBC systems, and the extent of bond coat degradation was relatively higher in the triple-layer system. It is believed that the sealing layer in the triple-layer system reduced the number of infiltration channels for the molten salts which resulted in overflowing of the salts to the sample edges and caused damage to develop relatively more from the edge.

  • 5.
    Jonnalagadda, Krishna Praveen
    et al.
    Linkoping University, Department of Manangement and Engineering,Linkoping, Sweden.
    Peng, Ru Lin
    Linkoping University, Department of Manangement and Engineering,Linkoping, Sweden.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Austria.
    Li, Xin-Hai
    Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB, Finspang, Sweden.
    Hot corrosion behavior of multi-layer suspension plasma sprayed Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ thermal barrier coatings2017In: InterCeram: International Ceramic Review, ISSN 0020-5214, Vol. 66, no 5, p. 180-184Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates the corrosion resistance of double layer Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ, triple layer dense Gd2Zr2O7 / Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ and a reference single layer YSZ coating with a similar overall top coat thickness of 300-320 Όm. All the coatings were manufactured by suspension plasma spraying (SPS), resulting in a columnar structure. Corrosion tests were conducted at 900°C for 8 hours using vanadium pentoxide and sodium sulphate as corrosive salts at a concentration of 4 mg/cm2. SEM investigations after the corrosion tests show that Gd2Zr2O7 coatings exhibited lower corrosion resistance than the reference material, YSZ. Reaction between the corrosive salts and Gd2Zr2O7 results in the formation of gadolinium vanadate ( GdVO4) along the top surface and between the columns. While the stresses due to phase transformation of zirconia can be relieved to some extent by realigning of the columns in the top coat, it is believed that GdVO4 formation between the columns, along with low fracture toughness of Gd2Zr2O7 had resulted in lower corrosion resistance. Furthermore, the presence of a relatively dense layer of Gd2Zr2O7 on the top, as a preventive layer for salt infiltration, did not improve the corrosion resistance.

  • 6.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Functional Performance of Gadolinium Zirconate/Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Multi-Layered Thermal Barrier Coatings2016Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is the state of the art ceramic top coat material used for TBC applications. The desire to achieve a higher engine efficiency of agas turbine engine by increasing the turbine inlet temperature has pushed YSZ toits upper limit. Above 1200°C, issues such as poor phase stability, high sinteringrates, and susceptibility to CMAS (calcium magnesium alumino silicates) degradation have been reported for YSZ based TBCs. Among the new materials,gadolinium zirconate (GZ) is an interesting alternative since it has shown attractive properties including resistance to CMAS attack. However, GZ has a poor thermo-chemical compatibility with the thermally grown oxide leading to poor thermal cyclic performance of GZ TBCs and that is why a multi-layered coating design seems feasible.This work presents a new approach of depositing GZ/YSZ multi-layered TBCs by the suspension plasma spray (SPS) process. Single layer YSZ TBCs were also deposited by SPS and used as a reference.The primary aim of the work was to compare the thermal conductivity and thermal cyclic life of the two coating designs. Thermal diffusivity of the YSZ single layer and GZ based multi-layered TBCs was measured using laser flash analysis (LFA). Thermal cyclic life of as sprayed coatings was evaluated at 1100°C, 1200°C and 1300°C respectively. It was shown that GZ based multi-layered TBCs had a lower thermal conductivity and higher thermal cyclic life compared to the single layer YSZ at all test temperatures. The second aim was to investigate the isothermal oxidation behaviour and erosion resistance of the two coating designs. The as sprayed TBCs were subjected toisothermal oxidation test at 1150°C. The GZ based multi-layered TBCs showed a lower weight gain than the single layer YSZ TBC. However, in the erosion test,the GZ based TBCs showed lower erosion resistance compared to the YSZ singlelayer TBC. In this work, it was shown that SPS is a promising production technique and that GZ is a promising material for TBCs.

  • 7.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Functional Performance of Gadolinium Zirconate/Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Multi-Layered Thermal Barrier Coatings2018Doctoral 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.

  • 8.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Next generation of thermal barrier coatings for high temperature applications2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Curry, Nicholas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Vassen, Robert
    Forschungszentrum Jülich.
    Erosion Behavior of Gadolinium Zirconate/YSZ Multi-Layered Thermal Barrier Coatings Deposited by Suspension Plasma Spray2016In: Proceedings of the International Thermal Spray Conference, 2016, p. 343-347Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Yttria stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) is the standard ceramic material for thermal barrier coating (TBC)applications. However, above 1200º C, it has limitations such as poor sintering resistance & susceptibility to CMAS(Calcium Magnesium Alumino Silicates) degradation. Gadolinium zirconate (GZ) is considered as one of the promising top coat candidates for TBC applications at high temperature (>1200 ºC) due to its lower thermal conductivity, good sintering resistance and CMAS infiltration resistance. Single layer 8YSZ, double layer GZ/YSZand triple layer GZdense/GZ/YSZ TBCs were deposited by suspension plasma spray (SPS). Microstructuralanalysis was carried out by SEM (scanning electron microscopy). Phase analysis of as sprayed TBCs was carriedout using XRD (X ray diffraction). The as sprayed multi-layered TBCs were subjected to erosion test at room temperature and their erosion resistance was compared with single layer 8YSZ. It was observed that the erosion resistance of 8YSZ TBC was higher than GZ/YSZ multi-layered TBCs at room temperature. Among the multilayered TBCs, triple layer TBC was slightly better than double layer in terms of erosion resistance.

  • 10.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Austria.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Engineered thermal barrier coatings deposited by suspension plasma spray2017In: Materials letters (General ed.), ISSN 0167-577X, E-ISSN 1873-4979, Vol. 209, p. 517-521Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is susceptible to CMAS (Calcium Magnesium Alumino Silicates) attack at high temperatures (>1200 °C) which limits its durability. New ceramic materials which can overcome these high temperature challenges are highly desirable. This work investigates the feasibility of depositing two variations of three ceramic layered thermal barrier coatings. The first variation comprised of yttria as the top ceramic layer with gadolinium zirconate (GZ) as the intermediate layer and YSZ as the base layer. The second variation comprised of Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG) as the top layer with gadolinium zirconate as the intermediate layer and YSZ as the base layer. Microstructural analysis of the as sprayed three layered TBCs were performed by SEM/EDS. Columnar microstructures with a relatively dense top layer were obtained in both the variations. The porosity content of the TBCs was measured by water intrusion and image analysis methods. Phase composition of each layer of the as sprayed TBCs was analyzed using XRD. YAG showed an amorphous phase whereas GZ showed a cubic defect fluorite phase and tetragonal phase was observed in YSZ. In the case of yttria, monoclinic and cubic phases were observed. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.

  • 11.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Austria.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Failure analysis of Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ multi-layered thermal barrier coatings subjected to thermal cyclic fatigue2016In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, ISSN 0925-8388, E-ISSN 1873-4669, Vol. 689, p. 1011-1019Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 12.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Environment Production Technology West.
    Thermal conductivity and thermal cyclic fatigue of multilayered Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ thermal barrier coatings processed by suspension plasma spray2015In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 283, p. 329-336Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Rare earth zirconates have lower thermal conductivity, better phase stability, improved sintering resistance and CMAS (calcium magnesium alumino silicates) infiltration resistance than yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) at temperatures above 1200 °C. However, their lower fracture toughness and lower coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) compared to YSZ lead to premature coating failure. In order to overcome these drawbacks at higher temperatures, a multilayered coating approach is attempted in this study and compared with the single layer YSZ. Suspension plasma spray of single layer YSZ, single layer gadolinium zirconate (GZ) and double layer GZ/YSZ was carried out. Additionally, a triple layer coating system, with denser gadolinium zirconate on top of the GZ/YSZ system was sprayed to impart an added functionality of sealing the TBC from CMAS infiltration. Microstructural analysis was done using scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy. Columnar microstructure with vertical cracks was observed. XRD analysis was used to identify phases formed in the as sprayed TBC samples. Porosity measurements were done using water impregnation method. Thermal diffusivity of single and multi-layered coatings was obtained by laser flash analysis and thermal conductivity of the coating systems was determined. It was found that the thermal conductivity of single layer gadolinium zirconate was lower than YSZ and that the thermal conductivity of multilayered systems were between their respective single layers. The single (YSZ), double (GZ/YSZ) and triple (GZ dense/GZ/YSZ) layer TBCs were subjected to thermal cyclic fatigue (TCF) test at 1100 °C and 1200 °C. It was observed that the single layer YSZ had lowest TCF life whereas the triple layer TBC had highest TCF life irrespective of test temperature.

  • 13.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Vassen, Robert
    Forschungszentrum Julich, Inst Energy & Climate Res IEK 1, Julich, German.
    Functional performance of Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ multi-layered thermal barrier coatings deposited by suspension plasma spray2017In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 318, p. 208-216Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    7-8 wt% yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is the standard ceramic top coat material used in gasturbines to insulate the underlying metallic substrate. However, at higher temperatures(>1200 °C), phase stability and sintering becomes an issue for YSZ. At these temperatures,YSZ is also susceptible to CMAS (calcium magnesium alumino silicates) infiltration. New ceramic materials such as pyrochlores have thus been proposed due to their excellent properties such as lower thermal conductivity and better CMAS attack resistance compared to YSZ. However, pyrochlores have inferior thermo mechanical properties compared to YSZ.Therefore, double-layered TBCs with YSZ as the intermediate layer and pyrochlore as the top ceramic layer have been proposed. In this study, double layer TBC comprising gadoliniumzirconate (GZ)/YSZ and triple layer TBC (GZdense/GZ/YSZ) comprising relatively denser GZtop layer on GZ/YSZ were deposited by suspension plasma spray. Also, single layer 8YSZ TBC was suspension plasma sprayed to compare its functional performance with the multilayered TBCs. Cross sections and top surface morphology of as sprayed TBCs were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD analysis was done to identify phases formed in the top surface of as sprayed TBCs. Porosity measurements were made using water intrusionand image analysis methods. Thermal diffusivity of the as sprayed TBCs was measured using laser flash analysis and thermal conductivity of the TBCs was calculated. The multi-layered GZ/YSZ TBCs were shown to have lower thermal conductivity than the single layer YSZ. Theas sprayed TBCs were also subjected to thermal cyclic testing at 1300 ºC. The double and triple layer TBCs had a longer thermal cyclic life compared to YSZ. The failed samples were cold mounted and analyzed by SEM.

  • 14.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AGAlthofenAustria.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Vaßen, Robert
    Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1) Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbHJülich Germany.
    Erosion Performance of Gadolinium Zirconate-Based Thermal Barrier Coatings Processed by Suspension Plasma Spray2017In: Journal of thermal spray technology (Print), ISSN 1059-9630, E-ISSN 1544-1016, Vol. 26, no 1-2, p. 108-115Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    7-8 wt.% Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is the standard thermal barrier coating (TBC) material used by the gas turbines industry due to its excellent thermal and thermo-mechanical properties up to 1200 °C. The need for improvement in gas turbine efficiency has led to an increase in the turbine inlet gas temperature. However, above 1200 °C, YSZ has issues such as poor sintering resistance, poor phase stability and susceptibility to calcium magnesium alumino silicates (CMAS) degradation. Gadolinium zirconate (GZ) is considered as one of the promising top coat candidates for TBC applications at high temperatures (>1200 °C) due to its low thermal conductivity, good sintering resistance and CMAS attack resistance. Single-layer 8YSZ, double-layer GZ/YSZ and triple-layer GZdense/GZ/YSZ TBCs were deposited by suspension plasma spray (SPS) process. Microstructural analysis was carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A columnar microstructure was observed in the single-, double- and triple-layer TBCs. Phase analysis of the as-sprayed TBCs was carried out using XRD (x-ray diffraction) where a tetragonal prime phase of zirconia in the single-layer YSZ TBC and a cubic defect fluorite phase of GZ in the double and triple-layer TBCs was observed. Porosity measurements of the as-sprayed TBCs were made by water intrusion method and image analysis method. The as-sprayed GZ-based multi-layered TBCs were subjected to erosion test at room temperature, and their erosion resistance was compared with single-layer 8YSZ. It was shown that the erosion resistance of 8YSZ single-layer TBC was higher than GZ-based multi-layered TBCs. Among the multi-layered TBCs, triple-layer TBC was slightly better than double layer in terms of erosion resistance. The eroded TBCs were cold-mounted and analyzed by SEM.

  • 15.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Austria.
    Jonnalagadda, Krishna Praveen
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Peng, Ru Lin
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Influence of YSZ layer thickness on the durability of gadolinium zirconate/YSZ double-layered thermal barrier coatings produced by suspension plasma spray2019In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 357, p. 456-465Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, three double layered thermal barrier coating (TBC) variations with different gadolinium zirconate (GZ) and YSZ thickness (400GZ/100YSZ, 250GZ/250YSZ and 100GZ/400YSZ respectively, where the prefixed numbers before GZ and YSZ represent the layer thickness in μm), were produced by suspension plasma spray (SPS) process. The objective was to investigate the influence of YSZ thickness on the thermal conductivity and thermal shock lifetime of the GZ/YSZ double layered TBCs. The as sprayed TBCs were characterized using SEM, XRD and porosity measurements. Thermal diffusivity measurements were made using laser flash analysis and the thermal conductivity of the TBCs was calculated. The double layered TBC with the lowest YSZ (400GZ/100YSZ) thickness showed lower thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity. The double layered TBCs were subjected to thermal shock test at a TBC surface temperature of 1350 °C. Results indicate that the TBC with a higher YSZ thickness (100GZ/400YSZ) showed inferior thermal shock lifetime whereas the TBCs with low YSZ thickness showed comparatively higher thermal shock lifetimes. Failure of the TBCs after thermal shock test was analyzed using SEM and XRD to gain further insights.

  • 16.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Jonnalagadda, Krishna Praveen
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Austria.
    Li, Xin-Hai
    Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB, Finspång, Sweden.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West. University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Peng, Ru Lin
    Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden.
    Engineered architectures of gadolinium zirconate based thermal barrier coatings subjected to hot corrosion test2017In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 328, p. 361-370Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract Gadolinium zirconate (GZ) is considered as a promising top coat candidate for high temperature TBC applications. Suspension plasma spray has shown the capability to generate a wide range of microstructures including the desirable columnar microstructure. In this study, two different TBC architectures were deposited using the axial suspension plasma spray. The first variation was a triple layered TBC comprising of thin YSZ base layer beneath a relatively porous GZ intermediate layer and a dense GZ top layer. The second variation was a composite TBC architecture of GZ and YSZ comprising of thin YSZ base layer and GZ + YSZ top layer. Cross sectional SEM analysis of the layered and composite TBCs revealed a columnar microstructure. The porosity content of the deposited TBCs was measured using two methods (Image Analysis and Water Intrusion). The as-sprayed TBCs were exposed at 900 °C for 8 h to a corrosive salt environment consisting of a mixture of vanadium pentoxide and sodium sulfate. XRD analysis on the as-corroded TBCs top surface showed the presence of gadolinium vanadate in both the layered and the composite TBCs. SEM/EDS analysis of the top surface and the cross-section of the layered and composite TBCs after hot corrosion test revealed the infiltration of the molten salts through the columnar gaps. The composite TBC showed a lower hot corrosion induced damage compared to the layered TBC where a considerable spallation was observed.

  • 17.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Li, Ran
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Althofen, Austria.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Isothermal Oxidation Behavior of Gd2Zr2O7/YSZ Multilayered Thermal Barrier Coatings2016In: International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, ISSN 1546-542X, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 443-450Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Efficiency of a gas turbine can be increased by increasing the operating temperature. Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is the standard thermal barrier coating (TBC) material used in gas turbine applications. However, above 1200°C, YSZ undergoes significant sintering and CMAS (calcium magnesium alumino silicate) infiltration. New ceramic materials of rare earth zirconate composition such as gadolinium zirconate (GZ) are promising candidates for thermal barrier coating applications (TBC) above 1200°C. Suspension plasma spray of single-layer YSZ, double-layer GZ/YSZ, and a triple-layer TBC comprising denser GZ on top of GZ/YSZ TBC was attempted. The overall coating thickness in all three TBCs was kept the same. Isothermal oxidation performance of the three TBCs along with bare substrate and bond-coated substrate was investigated for time intervals of 10 h, 50 h, and 100 h at 1150°C in air environment. Weight gain/loss analysis was carried out by sensitive weighing balance. Microstructural analysis was carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). As-sprayed single-layer YSZ and double-layer GZ/YSZ showed columnar microstructure, whereas the denser layer in the triple-layer TBC was not columnar. Phase analysis of the top surface of as-sprayed TBCs was carried out using XRD. Porosity measurements were made by water intrusion method. In the weight gain analysis and SEM analysis, multilayered TBCs showed lower weight gain and lower TGO thickness compared to single-layer YSZ.

  • 18.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Ruelle, Céline
    ENSIL, Limoges, Franc.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Althofen, Austria.
    Holmberg, Jonas
    Swerea IVF AB, Mölndal, Sweden.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Understanding the effect of material composition and microstructural design on the erosion behavior of plasma sprayed thermal barrier coatings2019In: Applied Surface Science, ISSN 0169-4332, E-ISSN 1873-5584, Vol. 488, p. 170-184Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, three different TBC compositions comprising of yttria partially stabilized zirconia (8YSZ), yttria fully stabilized zirconia (48YSZ) and gadolinium zirconate (GZ) respectively, were processed by suspension plasma spray (SPS) to obtain columnar microstructured TBCs. Additionally, for comparison, lamellar microstructured, 7YSZ TBC was deposited by air plasma spray (APS) process. SEM analysis was carried out to investigate the microstructure and white light interferometry was used to evaluate the surface morphology of the as-sprayed TBCs. Porosity measurements were made using water intrusion and image analysis methods and it was observed that the SPS-YSZ and APS-YSZ TBCs showed higher porosity content than SPS-GZ and SPS-48YSZ. The as-sprayed TBC variations (APS-YSZ, SPS-YSZ, SPS-GZ, and SPS-48YSZ) were subjected to erosion test. Results indicate that the erosion resistance of APS-YSZ TBC was inferior to the SPS-YSZ, SPS-GZ and SPS-48YSZ TBCs respectively. Among the SPS processed TBCs, SPS-YSZ showed the highest erosion resistance whereas the SPS-48YSZ showed the lowest erosion resistance. SEM analysis of the eroded TBCs (cross section and surface morphology) was performed to gain further insights on their erosion behavior. Based on the erosion results and post erosion SEM analysis, erosion mechanisms for splat like microstructured APS TBC and columnar microstructured SPS TBCs were proposed. The findings from this work provide new insights on the erosion mechanisms of columnar microstructured TBCs and lamellar microstructured TBCs deposited by plasma spray. © 2019 Elsevier B.V.

  • 19.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Zhou, Dapeng
    Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany.
    Curry, Nicholas
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Austria.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Vassen, Robert
    Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany.
    Tailored microstructures of gadolinium zirconate/YSZ multi-layered thermal barrier coatings produced by suspension plasma spray: Durability and erosion testing2019In: Journal of Materials Processing Technology, ISSN 0924-0136, E-ISSN 1873-4774, Vol. 264, p. 283-294Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This work employed an axial suspension plasma spray (SPS) process to deposit two different gadolinium zirconate (GZ) based triple layered thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). The first was a 'layered' TBC (GZ dense/GZ/YSZ) where the base layer was YSZ, intermediate layer was a relatively porous GZ and the top layer was a relatively dense GZ. The second triple layered TBC was a 'composite' TBC (GZ dense/GZ + YSZ/YSZ) comprising of an YSZ base layer, a GZ + YSZ intermediate layer and a dense GZ top layer. The as sprayed TBCs (layered and composite) were characterized using SEM/EDS and XRD. Two different methods (water intrusion and image analysis) were used to measure the porosity content of the as sprayed TBCs. Fracture toughness measurements were made on the intermediate layers (GZ + YSZ layer of the composite TBC and porous GZ layer of the layered TBC respectively) using micro indentation tests. The GZ + YSZ layer in the composite TBC was shown to have a slightly higher fracture toughness than the relatively porous GZ layer in the layered TBC. Erosion performance of the as sprayed TBCs was evaluated at room temperature where the composite TBC showed higher erosion resistance than the layered TBC. However, in the burner rig test conducted at 1400 °C, the layered TBC showed higher thermal cyclic lifetime than the composite TBC. Failure analysis of the thermally cycled and eroded TBCs was performed using SEM and XRD. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.

  • 20.
    Mahade, Satyapal
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Zhou, Dapeng
    Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany.
    Vassen, Robert
    Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany.
    Effect of spray parameters on the microstructure and porosity content of gadolinium zirconate TBCs deposited by suspension plasma spray2017In: Proceedings of the International Thermal Spray Conference & Exposition (ITSC 2017), New York: Curran Associates, Inc , 2017, p. 31-35, article id DVS336Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Gadolinium zirconate (GZ) is considered as a promising top coat candidate for high temperature(>1200°C) thermal barrier coating (TBC) applications. Suspension plasma spray (SPS) technique has shown the capability to generate a wide range of microstructures which includes the more desirable columnar microstructure. In this study, GZ single layer TBCs were deposited by axial SPS process. The variable parameters include the standoff distance, solid load content of the suspension and input power. The cross section and top surface of the as sprayed TBCs were analyzed by SEM. The phase content in the as sprayed TBCs was analyzed by XRD. The porosity content of the as sprayed TBCs was measured using image analysis. In the SEM analysis, it was observed that a lower solid load content in the suspension favoured the formation of a columnar microstructure. Additionally, at lower solid load content, increase in standoff distance resulted in columnar microstructure with high porosity content in the TBC. However,with higher solid content suspension and alteration of input power, only adense vertical cracked microstructure can be obtained.                 

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