TBC bond coat-top coat interface roughness: influence on fatigue life and modelling aspects
2013 (English)In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 236, 230-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), when used in gas turbines, may fail through thermal fatigue, causing the ceramic top coat to spall off the metallic bond coat. The life prediction of TBCs often involves finite element modelling of the stress field close to the bond coat/top coat interface and thus relies on accurate modelling of the interface. The present research studies the influence of bond coat/top coat interface roughness on the thermal fatigue life of plasma sprayed TBCs. By using different spraying parameters, specimens with varying interface roughness were obtained. During thermal cycling it was found that higher interface roughness promoted longer thermal fatigue life. The interfaces were characterised by roughness parameters, such as Ra, Rq and Rq, as well as by autocorrelation, material ratio curves, probability plots and slope distribution. The variation of spray parameters was found to affect amplitude parameters, such as Ra, but not spacing parameters, such as RSm. Three different interface geometries were tried for finite element crack growth simulation: cosine, ellipse and triangular shape. The cosine model was found to be an appropriate interface model and a procedure for obtaining the necessary parameters, amplitude and wavelength, was suggested. The positive effect of high roughness on life was suggested to be due to a shift from predominantly interface failure, for low roughness, to predominantly top coat failure, for high roughness.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 236, 230-238 p.
thermal barrier coating, TBC, thermal cycling fatigue, interface, roughness, Ra
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96811DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2013.09.051ISI: 000329884300032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-96811DiVA: diva2:643479