Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour of HfO2 Coatings for Aerospace Applications
The use of ceramic composite materials in aerospace applications requires the development of oxidization protection coatings which can withstand very high temperatures. HfO2 is a promising material as a high temperature oxidization protective layer. HfO2 coatings have been deposited by radiation frequency magnetron sputtering all over the surface of SiC substrates and were tested under re-entry conditions. Also their oxidization resistance in air in the temperature range 1100 to 1450°C has been examined. The coatings were found to be stable and well-adhering to the substrate even after 100 re-entry cycles. No oxidization of the underlying SiC structure is observed. Re-entry and oxidization tests result in the formation of HfSiO4 at the HfO2/SiC interface, which further promotes their oxidization resistance.
Ch. Linsmeier and M. Reinelt
K. Mergia et al., "Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour of HfO2 Coatings for Aerospace Applications", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 59, pp. 87-91, 2009