Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Ceramics

High Temperature Radiation Heat Transfer Performance of Thermal Barrier Coatings With Multiple Layered Structures

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Xiao Huang

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University, ON, K1S 5B6, Canada

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 131(1), 011301 (Oct 10, 2008) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2967495 History: Received April 01, 2008; Revised April 02, 2008; Published October 10, 2008

Meeting the demands for ever increasing operating temperatures in gas turbines requires concurrent development in cooling technologies, new generations of superalloys, and thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) with increased insulation capability. In the case of the latter, considerable research continues to focus on new coating material compositions, the alloying/doping of existing yttria stabilized zirconia ceramics, and the development of improved coating microstructures. The advent of the electron beam physical vapor deposition coating process has made it possible to consider the creation of multiple layered coating structures to meet specific performance requirements. In this paper, the advantages of layered structures are first reviewed in terms of their functions in impeding thermal conduction (via phonons) and thermal radiation (via photons). Subsequently, the design and performance of new multiple layered coating structures based on multiple layered stacks will be detailed. Designed with the primary objective to reduce thermal radiation transport through TBC systems, the multiple layered structures consist of several highly reflective multiple layered stacks, with each stack used to reflect a targeted radiation wavelength range. Two ceramic materials with alternating high and low refractive indices are used in the stacks to provide multiple-beam interference. A broadband reflection of the required wavelength range is obtained using a sufficient number of stacks. In order to achieve an 80% reflectance to thermal radiation in the wavelength range 0.35.3μm, 12 stacks, each containing 12 layers, are needed, resulting in a total thickness of 44.9μm. Using a one dimensional heat transfer model, the steady state heat transfer through the multiple layered TBC system is computed. Various coating configurations combining multiple layered stacks along with a single layer are evaluated in terms of the temperature profile in the TBC system. When compared with a base line single layered coating structure of the same thickness, it is estimated that the temperature on the metal surface can be reduced by as much as 90°C due to the use of multiple layered coating configurations. This reduction in metal surface temperature, however, diminishes with increasing the scattering coefficient of the coating and the total coating thickness. It is also apparent that using a multiple layered structure throughout the coating thickness may not offer the best thermal insulation; rather, placing multiple layered stacks on top of a single layer can provide a more efficient approach to reducing the heat transport of the TBC system.

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Figure 1

Typical thermal barrier coating system

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(a) EB-PVD TBC deposited by plasma assisted physical vapor deposition (PAPVD) process. The periodicities of the layers are between 0.2μm and 2.0μm. (b) Thermal conductivities of the layered EB-PVD TBC compared with the EB-PVD and thermal sprayed TBCs (6).

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(a) Typical standard vapor phase columnar structure and (b) modified columnar microstructure with multiple interfaces (6)

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Temperature distributions calculated in a zirconia thermal barrier coating on the wall of a combustor compared with an opaque thermal barrier coating (6)

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(a) Sectional view of a ceramic coating having metallic reflective layers and (b) temperature versus distance for exposed surfaces, illustrating the benefits attained by forming a protective coating (6)

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(a) Multiple layered 8YSZ∕Al2O3 structure and (b) increased hemispherical IR reflectance with fixed and variable spacing (7)

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Schematic of the multiple layered coating structure containing two stacks (T=transmitted, R=reflected, and I=incident radiation)

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Hemispherical reflectance of the multiple layered coatings with 12 stacks

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Multiple layered coating configurations. (a) Configuration A: base line single layer, (b) Configuration B: M(top)+S1+S2, (c) Configuration C: S1(top)+M+S2, and (d) Configuration D: M(top)+S1+M+S2.

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(a) Temperatures on the metal surface, and (b) coating surface for Configurations A, B, C, and D under low and high scattering conditions

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Metal surface temperature reduction as a function of the total coating thickness



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