This article summarizes eight contributions from a thermal spray conference that was held in late 1991 at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, Long Island, New York. Plasma spray processing is discussed in terms of plasma-particle interactions, deposit formation dynamics, thermal properties of thermal barrier coatings, mechanical properties of coatings, feedstock materials, porosity, manufacture of intermetallic coatings, and synchrotron X-ray microtomographic methods for thermal spray materials. Each section is intended to present a concise statement of a specific practical and/or scientific problem. It then describes current work that is being performed to investigate this area, and finally suggests areas of research that may be fertile for future activity.
Journal of Thermal Spray Technology,
Vol. 1, no. 4 (Dec 1992), pp. 341-356