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On debonding of graded thermal barrier coatings. (English) Zbl 1187.74199
Summary: Thermal barrier coatings generally consist of a metallic substrate which is the primary structural component, a metallic bond coat which serves as oxygen diffusion barrier, a very thin layer of thermally grown oxide and a ceramic top coat that provides the main thermal shielding. Homogeneous ceramic coatings as top coats appear to have certain undesirable features such as high residual and thermal stresses, generally low toughness and relatively poor bonding strength. The new concept of compositional grading of the top coat may help to overcome some of these shortcomings by eliminating the material property discontinuities. A common mode of failure in thermal barrier coatings seems to be the debonding of the top coat. In this study the related interface crack problem for a graded ceramic/metal top coat is considered. It is assumed that the thermophysical properties of the top coat continuously vary between that of the bond coat at the top coat-bond coat interface and that of the ceramic at and near the free surface. The main objective of the study is to examine the influence of the material nonhomogeneity parameters and relative dimensions on the stress intensity factors and the crack opening displacements.

MSC:
74R10 Brittle fracture
74F05 Thermal effects in solid mechanics
74E30 Composite and mixture properties
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