Microstructure and indentation mechanical properties of YSZ nanostructured coatings obtained by suspension plasma spraying

Autores UPV
Revista Surface and Coatings Technology


A commercial nanosuspension of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was successfully deposited on austenitic stainless steel substrate by suspension plasma spraying technique (SPS). A SG-100 torch with internal radial injection was used for the spraying. The pneumatic system transported the feed suspension from the containers to the plasma torch. In order to study the effect of the spraying parameters, a factorial model was used to design the experiments, changing both spraying translation speed and suspension flow rate. The coating microstructure was characterised by FEG-SEM. All coatings displayed a two-zones microstructure formed by nanometre-sized particles surrounded by fully molten areas. Moreover, crystalline phases were determined by XRD and Raman spectroscopy. Mechanical properties were also determined using nanoindentation technique. Nanoindentation tests showed a bimodal distribution of the mechanical properties (hardness and Young¿s modulus) which is related to the two zones (molten and partially molten) present in the coatings.