Evolution of microstructural and mechanical properties of lanthanum zirconate thermal barrier coatings at high temperature

G. Di Girolamo, F. Marra, M. Schioppa, C. Blasi, G. Pulci, T. Valente

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Ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are advanced systems for more efficient turbine engines. In this work, thick lanthanum zirconate TBCs were fabricated by Air Plasma Spraying (APS). The coatings showed a lamellar microstructure containing splat boundaries, pores and microcracks. After thermal exposure at 1200 and 1350. °C the partial sintering of the porous microstructure occurred.High-temperature evolution of the mechanical properties was investigated by arranging specific bending tests up to 1500. °C using SiC testing assembly which allowed to calculate the strain by means of curvature measurement. The mechanical properties improved with increasing the testing temperature, due to the inelastic deformation and stress relaxation which counteracted the sintering effects. The elastic modulus increased after thermal aging, but decreased for the aged coatings tested at higher temperature. The thermal expansion coefficient of as-sprayed coatings slightly increased after thermal aging, while a reduction of specific heat capacity was noticed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298 - 302
Number of pages5
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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