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Health Sensing Functions in Thermal Barrier Coatings Incorporating Rare-Earth-Doped Luminescent SublayersGreat effort has been directed towards developing techniques to monitor the health of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) that would detect the approach of safety-threatening conditions. An unconventional approach is presented here where health sensing functionality is integrated into the TBC itself by the incorporation of rare-earth-doped luminescent sublayers to monitor erosion as well as whether the TBC is maintaining the underlying substrate at a sufficiently low temperature. Erosion indication is demonstrated in electron-beam physical vapor deposited (EB-PVD) TBCs consisting of 7wt% yttria-stabilized zirconia (7YSZ) with europium-doped and terbium-doped sublayers. Multiple ingot deposition produced sharp boundaries between the doped sublayers without interrupting the columnar growth of the TBC. The TBC-coated specimens were subjected to alumina particle jet erosion, and the erosion depth was then indicated under ultraviolet illumination that excited easily visible luminescence characteristic of sublayer that was exposed by erosion. In addition, temperature measurements from a bottom-lying europium-doped sublayer in a TBC produced by multiple ingot EB-PVD were accomplished by measuring the temperature-dependent decay time from the 606 nm wavelength emission excited in that sublayer with a 532 nm wavelength laser that was selected for its close match to one of the europium excitation wavelengths as well as being at a wavelength where the TBC is relatively transparent. It is proposed the low dopant levels and absence of interruption of the TBC columnar growth allow the addition of the erosion and temperature sensing functions with minimal effects on TBC performance.
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Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Eldridge, J. I.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Singh, J.
(Pennsylvania State Univ. University Park, PA, United States)
Wolfe, D. E.
(Pennsylvania State Univ. University Park, PA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 8, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 2004
Subject Category
Quality Assurance And Reliability
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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