In the cooldown phase of the deposition process, plasma-sprayed ceramic barrier coatings generate large residual stresses. In this paper, a scheme for the analysis of the thermal stresses is given, which accounts for the nonuniformity of the temperature field, and for the microstructure of the coating. The considered microstructural data include the morphology and orientation pattern of the porosities. The case of a coated sphere is studied, as an application. In this connection, the coating structure is computer-simulated, and the temperature profile is numerically determined.

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