An investigation into the correlation between nano-impact resistance and erosion performance of EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings on thermal ageing

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  • Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials
  • Southeast University
  • Willow House
  • Cranfield University


Nanomechanical testing (nano-impact and nanoindentation mapping) has been carried out on the top surfaces of as-received and aged 8wt.% yttria stabilised zirconia (YSZ) thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) produced by electron-beam physical vapour deposition (EB-PVD). The correlation between the nanomechanical test results and the previously reported erosion resistance of the TBCs has been investigated. The experimental results revealed that aged TBCs on zirconia for 24h at 1500°C or on alumina for 100h at 1100°C resulted in large increases in their hardness (H), modulus (E), H/E and H 3/E 2 ratios but their erosion resistance was reduced. Nano-impact tests showed a dramatic decrease in impact resistance following the ageing of these TBCs, which is consistent with the erosion results. The strong correlation between the nano-impact and erosion resistances has confirmed the premise that rapid laboratory impact tests must produce deformation with similar contact footprint to that produced in the erosion tests.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4992-4998
Number of pages7
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2012


  • Erosion, Nano-impact, Nanoindentation, Thermal barrier coatings