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Modelling the fracture behaviour of thermal barrier coatings containing healing particles

Krishnasamy, J., Ponnusami, S. A., Turteltaub, S. & van der Zwaag, S. (2018). Modelling the fracture behaviour of thermal barrier coatings containing healing particles. Materials & Design, 157, pp. 75-86. doi: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.07.026


The performance of a self-healing Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) containing dispersed healing particles depends crucially on the mismatch in thermomechanical properties between the healing particles and the TBC matrix. The present work systematically investigates this phenomenon based on numerical simulations using cohesive element-based finite element analysis. The effect of the mismatch in Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) and fracture strength between the healing particles and the matrix on the fracture characteristics is quantified in detail. Unit cell-based analyses are conducted on a representative self-healing TBC system under a thermal loading step typically experienced by TBC systems in jet turbines. Two different simulation setups are considered within the TBC unit cell namely (i) a single pair of healing particles and (ii) a randomly distributed array of healing particles. The results of the simulations are reported in terms of the fracture pattern, crack initiation temperature and crack length for various CTE mismatch ratios. Correlations are established between the results obtained from the two simulation setups essentially revealing the effect of spatial distribution and proximity of healing particles on the fracture pattern. The results obtained from the analyses can be utilised to achieve a robust design of a self-healing TBC system.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Elsevier 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Thermal barrier coatings, Cohesive elements, Healing particles, Thermal mismatch, Fracture mechanics
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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