This study sought to examine the relationship between the degradation mechanism, thermal stress, and crack propagation behavior in environmental barrier coating (EBC) systems. An EBC system composed of a mullite topcoat (TC), Si-bond coat (BC), and SiC substrate was prepared by atmospheric plasma spraying. Heat exposure tests were conducted to evaluate the microstructure of the EBC system at 1300°C for 1, 10, 50, and 100 h. The fracture resistance of the Si BC for the in-plane (direction parallel to each layer, 0.4–0.6 MP (Formula presented.)) and through-thickness directions (direction from the TC to substrate, 1.7–2.1 MP (Formula presented.)) differed because a thermal compressive stress was induced for the in-plane direction owing to the mismatch of the thermal expansion coefficients for each layer, which acted as a barrier for crack propagation. However, cracks tended to propagate in the in-plane direction because they were not affected by the in-plane compressive stress. These results clearly showed that Si BC exhibited in-plane anisotropy and crack propagation after heat exposure, which were the major sources of delamination of the EBC system.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2021|
- barrier coatings
- bond coat
- mechanical properties
- plasma spraying