Influence of Zirconia Plasma-Sprayed Coating on Creep of the Ti-6Al-4V Alloy
The titanium affinity by oxygen is one of main factors that limit the application of their alloys as structural materials at high temperatures. Notables advances have been obeserved in the development of titanium alloys with the objective of improving the specific high temperature strength and creep-resistance properties. However, the surface oxidation limits the use of these alloys in temperatures up to 600°C. The objective of this work was estimate the influence of the plasma-sprayed coatings for oxidation protection on creep of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy, focusing on the determination of the experimental parameters related to the primary and secondary creep states. Constant load creep tests were conducted with Ti-6Al-4V alloy in air for coated and uncoated samples and in nitrogen atmosphere for uncoated samples at 500°C to evaluate the oxidation protection on creep of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy. Yttria (8 wt.%) stabilized zirconia (YSZ) with a CoNiCrAlY bond coat was atmospherically plasma sprayed on Ti-6Al-4V specimens. Results indicated the creep resistance of the coated alloy was greater than uncoated in air, but nitrogen atmosphere was more efficient in oxidation protection. Previously reported results about the activation energies and the stress exponents values indicate that the primary and stationary creep, for both test conditions, was probably controlled by dislocation climb. Occurred a decreasing of steady state creep in function of the reduction of oxidation process, showing that Ti-6Al-4V alloy lifetime was strongly affected by the atmosphere due the oxidation suffered by the material.
Lucio Salgado and Francisco Ambrozio Filho
D. A.P. Reis et al., "Influence of Zirconia Plasma-Sprayed Coating on Creep of the Ti-6Al-4V Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 530-531, pp. 690-695, 2006