Description: Analysis of the microstructure and adherence of ZrO/sub 2/ coatings revealed that the adherence decreased with increasing coating thickness and could be increased by incorporating MgO as a second phase as well as by including noncubic ZrO/sub 2/ in the cubic ZrO/sub 2/ coating. Residual stresses from the plasma spraying process limit adherence (hence the coating thickness dependence) but these can be relieved by plastic flow in the MgO phase during post-spray cooling. Some degree of strength/toughening is also derived by the presence of microcracks and/or from transformation associated with the presence of tetragonal ZrO/sub 2/.
Date: January 1, 1980
Creator: Becher, P.F. & Rice, R.W.
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