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Abstract A 2 kW CO2 laser was used to modify the surface of air plasma sprayed (APS) 7.8 wt% yttria partially stabilized zirconia (YPSZ) coatings; the effects of laser specific energy was investigated. The sealed coatings were characterized by SEM, EDS, WDS, XRD and microhardness. It was possible to control the cell size (or well-sintered ‘domain like’ structure), crack width, depth of sealing and depth of concavity by carefully adjusting the specific energy. The microstructure of the sealed coatings was characterized by a cellular structure at all laser parameters studied. Cracks formed under optimum specific energies (1–2 J/mm²) were seen to be shallow and they do not penetrate through the plasma sprayed coating. The sealed coatings have much lower roughness and higher hardness than non-treated coatings indicating the beneficial effect of plasma treatmen

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In this investigation, yttria partially stabilized zirconia (YPSZ)has been laser sealed to study the effect of laser parameters on the microstructure, crystalline phases and hardness of conventionally produced plasma-sprayed coating


It has been found that it is possible to obtain the desired depth of sealing, shallow crack width and cell size by carefully adjust- ing the specific energy in laser sealing of plasma sprayed yttria partially stabilized zirconia coating

Prof. Dr Eng. Ali Sabea Hammood
University of Kufa -Faculty of Engineering -Materials Engineering Department

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This page is a summary of: The influence of laser specific energy on laser sealing of plasma sprayed yttria partially stabilized zirconia coating, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, February 2013, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.optlaseng.2012.08.010.
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