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Abradable thermal barrier coating for CMC structures

A bond coating is applied between a ceramic matrix composite and a insulative and abradable top coat layer. The bond coating is a slurry layer of fine particles of silicon nitride and silicon carbide suspended in a colloidal silica or zircon binder. The ratio of these materials in the bond coating should match the ratio of these in the CMC. If the CMC is SiC fibers in a SiC matrix, the slurry should be composed of SiC particles with a colloidal silica binder. High surface roughness is achieved by entrapping coarse ceramic particles into the wet bond coating slurry. Thereafter the product is heat treated to maximize bond strength and verify oxidation resistance.

Thomas E. Strangman, Chen-Wei Li

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May 1, 2003
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