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Functionally gradient materials for thermal barrier coatings in advanced gas turbine systems

Description: New designs for advanced gas turbine engines for power production are required to have higher operating temperatures in order to increase efficiency. However, elevated temperatures will increase the magnitude and severity of environmental degradation of critical turbine components (e.g. combustor parts, turbine blades, etc.). To offset this problem, the usage of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) has become popular by allowing an increase in maximum inlet temperatures for an operating engine. Although thermal barrier technology is over thirty years old, the principle failure mechanism is the spallation of the ceramic coating at or near the ceramic/bond coat interface. Therefore, it is desirable to develop a coating that combines the thermal barrier qualities of the ceramic layer and the corrosion protection by the metallic bond coat without the detrimental effects associated with the localization of the ceramic/metal interface to a single plane.
Date: December 31, 1995
Creator: Banovic, S.W.; Chan, H.M. & Marder, A.R.
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Melt-texturing of carbon containing YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}: Influence of processing parameters on microstructure and flux-pinning behavior

Description: A detailed study of the flux-pinning behavior of sintered and melt-textured YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} has been carried out by means of microstructural investigations (optical microscopy, SEM, TEM, EDS, DTA, and XRD) and magnetization measurements. It was found that both microstructure and magnetization behavior strongly depend on the starting material, the production method, and the maximum processing temperature. In our experiments, the critical current density, J{sub c}, increased with increasing processing temperature between 920{degrees}C and 1050{degrees}C (25 - 130 emu/cm{sup 3}), but those samples processed at temperatures just above the peritectic transformation point (1020 OC and 1030 OC) exhibited a decreased J{sub c}. The carbon content of the starting powder and the powder`s melting behavior seem to play an important role in the development of microstructure and flux-pinning behavior during melt-texturing. A comparison of our data with previously published results shows that an optimized melt-texturing process can result in materials with critical current densities comparable to those of samples produced by Quench-Melt Growth.
Date: January 1, 1994
Creator: Todt, V.R.; Sengupta, S.; Chen, Y.L.; Shi, Donglu; Poeppel, R.; McGinn, P.J. et al.
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