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Sc was doped into Gd2Zr2O7 for expanding the potential for thermal barrier coating (TBC) applications. The solid solution mechanism of Sc in the Gd2Zr2O7 lattice, and the mechanical and thermophysical properties of the doped Gd2Zr2O7 were systematically studied by the first-principles method, based on which the Sc doping content was optimized. Additionally, Sc-doped Gd2Zr2O7 TBCs with the optimized composition were prepared by air plasma spraying using YSZ as a bottom ceramic coating (Gd-Sc/YSZ TBCs), and their sintering behavior and thermal cycling performance were examined. Results revealed that at low Sc doping levels, Sc has a large tendency to occupy the lattice interstitial sites, and when the doping content is above 11.11 at%, Sc substituting for Gd in the lattice becomes dominant. Among the doped Gd2Zr2O7, the composition with 16.67 at% Sc content has the lowest Pugh’s indicator (G/B) and the highest Poisson ratio (σ) indicative of the highest toughness, and the decreasing trends of Debye temperature and thermal conductivity slow down at this composition. By considering the mechanical and thermophysical properties comprehensively, the Sc doping content was optimized to be 16.67 at%. The fabricated Gd-Sc coatings remain phase and structural stability after sintering at 1400 ℃ for 100 h. Gd-Sc/YSZ TBCs exhibit excellent thermal shock resistance, which is related to the good thermal match between Gd-Sc and YSZ coatings, and the buffering effect of the YSZ coating during thermal cycling. These results revealed that Sc-doped Gd2Zr2O7 has a high potential for TBC applications, especially for the composition with 16.67 at% Sc content.


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Composition optimization, high-temperature stability, and thermal cycling performance of Sc-doped Gd2Zr2O7 thermal barrier coatings: Theoretical and experimental studies

Show Author's information Lei GUOa,b( )Bowen LIaYuxian CHENGcLu WANGc
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
Tianjin Key Laboratory of Advanced Joining Technology, Key Lab of Advanced Ceramics and Machining Technology of Ministry of Education, Tianjin 300072, China
AECC Shenyang Liming Aero-Engine Co., Ltd., Shenyang 110043, China

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Sc was doped into Gd2Zr2O7 for expanding the potential for thermal barrier coating (TBC) applications. The solid solution mechanism of Sc in the Gd2Zr2O7 lattice, and the mechanical and thermophysical properties of the doped Gd2Zr2O7 were systematically studied by the first-principles method, based on which the Sc doping content was optimized. Additionally, Sc-doped Gd2Zr2O7 TBCs with the optimized composition were prepared by air plasma spraying using YSZ as a bottom ceramic coating (Gd-Sc/YSZ TBCs), and their sintering behavior and thermal cycling performance were examined. Results revealed that at low Sc doping levels, Sc has a large tendency to occupy the lattice interstitial sites, and when the doping content is above 11.11 at%, Sc substituting for Gd in the lattice becomes dominant. Among the doped Gd2Zr2O7, the composition with 16.67 at% Sc content has the lowest Pugh’s indicator (G/B) and the highest Poisson ratio (σ) indicative of the highest toughness, and the decreasing trends of Debye temperature and thermal conductivity slow down at this composition. By considering the mechanical and thermophysical properties comprehensively, the Sc doping content was optimized to be 16.67 at%. The fabricated Gd-Sc coatings remain phase and structural stability after sintering at 1400 ℃ for 100 h. Gd-Sc/YSZ TBCs exhibit excellent thermal shock resistance, which is related to the good thermal match between Gd-Sc and YSZ coatings, and the buffering effect of the YSZ coating during thermal cycling. These results revealed that Sc-doped Gd2Zr2O7 has a high potential for TBC applications, especially for the composition with 16.67 at% Sc content.

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thermal barrier coating (TBC), first-principles calculation, solid solution mechanism, high-temperature stability, thermal cycling
Received: 28 July 2021 Revised: 29 September 2021 Accepted: 16 October 2021 Published: 19 January 2022 Issue date: March 2022
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Received: 28 July 2021
Revised: 29 September 2021
Accepted: 16 October 2021
Published: 19 January 2022
Issue date: March 2022

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This research is sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51971156) and National Science and Technology Major Project (Grant No. 2017-VII-0007). First-principles calculation of this work was carried out on TianHe-1 (A) at National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin.

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