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Title: Thin film of Yttria stabilised zirconia on NiO using vacuum cold spraying process for solid oxide fuel cell

Authors: Debabrata Pradhan; Lala Behari Sukla

Addresses: Biofuels and Bioprocessing Research Center, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar-751030, India ' Biofuels and Bioprocessing Research Center, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar-751030, India

Abstract: Yttria stabilised zirconia (YSZ) was fabricated on a glass and NiO-YSZ anode support substrate using the vacuum cold spraying (VCS) technique at room temperature. The field emission scanning electrode microscope (FESEM) analysis revealed a dense microstructure and several vertical cracks within 0.1 μm width of the YSZ film. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to analyse the grain size and it was found to be 20 nm which was finer size compared to the average particle size of the starting YSZ powder. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed lacking of phase transformation during the VCS process. The YSZ film fabricated by VCS technique showed better gas tightness compared to that fabricated by atmospheric plasma spray process. The Young's modulus of the YSZ film was found to be 172 GPa.

Keywords: Yttria stabilised zirconia; YSZ; vacuum cold spraying; VCS; solid oxide fuel cell; thin film; gas permeability; conductivity; mechanical properties.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNBM.2017.089322

International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials, 2017 Vol.7 No.1, pp.38 - 47

Available online: 12 Jan 2018 *

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