Peer Reviewed

Journal of Thermal Spray Technology

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 756-764

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Process Design and Monitoring for Plasma Sprayed Abradable Coatings

  • Tanja SteinkeAffiliated withForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Energieforschung IEF-1 Email author 
  • , Georg MauerAffiliated withForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Energieforschung IEF-1
  • , Robert VaßenAffiliated withForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Energieforschung IEF-1
  • , Detlev StöverAffiliated withForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Energieforschung IEF-1
  • , Dan Roth-FagaraseanuAffiliated withRolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
  • , Matthew HancockAffiliated withRolls-Royce plc

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Abstract

Abradable coatings in compressor and high-pressure stages of gas turbines must provide specific hardness and porosity values to achieve an optimal cut-in of the blade tips. A fractional factorial experimental plan was designed to investigate the influence of the plasma spraying parameters argon flow rate, current, spraying distance and powder feed rate on these properties of magnesia spinel. Based on the results, magnesia spinel coatings with low (~400 HV0.5), medium (~600 HV0.5) and high hardness (~800 HV0.5) could be reliably manufactured. Further incursion rig tests confirmed the dependence of the rub-in behavior and abradability on the coating characteristics and process parameters, respectively. Process monitoring was also applied during plasma spraying of magnesia spinel abradables on batches of turbine components. The recorded particle characteristics and coating properties showed a good reproducibility of the spraying process.

Keywords

coatings for engine components coatings for gas turbine components influence of spray parameters porosity of coatings PS microstructures TBC topcoats