Journal of Thermal Spray Technology

, Volume 20, Issue 1–2, pp 108–115 | Cite as

Next Generation Thermal Barrier Coatings for the Gas Turbine Industry

  • Nicholas Curry
  • Nicolaie Markocsan
  • Xin-Hai Li
  • Aurélien Tricoire
  • Mitch Dorfman
Peer Reviewed


The aim of this study is to develop the next generation of production ready air plasma sprayed thermal barrier coating with a low conductivity and long lifetime. A number of coating architectures were produced using commercially available plasma spray guns. Modifications were made to powder chemistry, including high purity powders, dysprosia stabilized zirconia powders, and powders containing porosity formers. Agglomerated & sintered and homogenized oven spheroidized powder morphologies were used to attain beneficial microstructures. Dual layer coatings were produced using the two powders. Laser flash technique was used to evaluate the thermal conductivity of the coating systems from room temperature to 1200 °C. Tests were performed on as-sprayed samples and samples were heat treated for 100 h at 1150 °C. Thermal conductivity results were correlated to the coating microstructure using image analysis of porosity and cracks. The results show the influence of beneficial porosity on reducing the thermal conductivity of the produced coatings.


APS coatings coatings for gas turbine components porosity of coatings TBC topcoats 



The authors acknowledge the financial support of the KK foundation, Mr. S. Björklund for thermal spray experiments, Mr. J. Wigren and L. Östergren from Volvo Aero for the valuable discussions during the study. Thanks to Miss C. Goddard and Mr. V. Matikainen for their work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Curry
    • 1
  • Nicolaie Markocsan
    • 1
  • Xin-Hai Li
    • 2
  • Aurélien Tricoire
    • 3
  • Mitch Dorfman
    • 4
  1. 1.University WestTrollhättanSweden
  2. 2.Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery ABFinspongSweden
  3. 3.Volvo AeroTrollhättanSweden
  4. 4.Sulzer MetcoWestburyUSA

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