The durability of thermally shocked high tempererature ceramic coatings on metal substrates can be dramatically improved using a fiber metal strain isolator between ceramic and metal. The fiber metal strain isolator is a compliant, porous and low modulus material which yields to control the stress on the ceramic coating during thermal cycling. Plasma sprayed strain isolated ceramic coatings .060” (1.5 mm) thick have shown excellent durability in thermal shock testing. The strain isolated ceramic coating is an excellent thermal barrier since both the ceramic and fiber metal are good insulators. Applications include ceramic thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine engine seals and turbine components, combustors, MHD electrodes, and internal combustion engine insulation.

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