Revisiting the Birth of 7YSZ Thermal Barrier Coatings: Stephan Stecura †
AbstractThermal barrier coatings are widely used in all turbine engines, typically using a 7 wt.% Y2O3–ZrO2 formulation. Extensive research and development over many decades have refined the processing and structure of these coatings for increased durability and reliability. New compositions demonstrate some unique advantages and are gaining in application. However, the “7YSZ” (7 wt.% yttria stabilized zirconia) formulation predominates and is still in widespread use. This special composition has been universally found to produce nanoscale precipitates of metastable t’ tetragonal phase, giving rise to a unique toughening mechanism via ferro-elastic switching under stress. This note recalls the original study that identified superior properties of 6–8 wt.% yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) plasma sprayed thermal barrier coatings, published in 1978. The impact of this discovery, arguably, continues in some form to this day. At one point, 7YSZ thermal barrier coatings were used in every new aircraft and ground power turbine engine produced worldwide. 7YSZ is a tribute to its inventor, Dr. Stephan Stecura, NASA retiree. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Smialek, J.L.; Miller, R.A. Revisiting the Birth of 7YSZ Thermal Barrier Coatings: Stephan Stecura †. Coatings 2018, 8, 255.
Smialek JL, Miller RA. Revisiting the Birth of 7YSZ Thermal Barrier Coatings: Stephan Stecura †. Coatings. 2018; 8(7):255.Chicago/Turabian Style
Smialek, James L.; Miller, Robert A. 2018. "Revisiting the Birth of 7YSZ Thermal Barrier Coatings: Stephan Stecura †." Coatings 8, no. 7: 255.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.