Characteristics of ferroelastic domains and thermal transport limits in HfO2 alloying YTaO4 ceramics

Lin Chen, Mingyu Hu, Xiaodong Zheng, Jing Feng*

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Low thermal conductivity and a ferroelastic tetragonal-monoclinic phase transition are essential for the use of YTaO4 in thermal barrier coatings. The phonon scattering mechanism of HfO2 alloying YTaO4 is elucidated via the analysis of microstructural characteristics, and a limit thermal conductivity (1.3 W·m−1·K−1) is achieved. Furthermore, a revised model is developed to successfully derive high-temperature phonon thermal conductivity, showing a decrease in the phonon scattering coefficient as strain field fluctuations decrease. This proves that the phonon scattering coefficient is temperature dependent. Atomic weight disorder plays a significant role in thermal conductivity reduction, whereas HfO2 alloying enhances lattice symmetry and weakens the phonon scattering, and thus mitigates thermal conductivity reduction. Additionally, domain boundary width and spacing mismatch between neighboring domains cause the scattering of phonons and further reduce the thermal conductivity. Finally, evidence of a diffusive domain boundary validates that tetragonal-monoclinic transition is a second-order process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118870
JournalActa Materialia
Early online date20 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys

User-Defined Keywords

  • Thermal barrier coatings
  • Ferroelastic domain
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Phonon scattering mechanism
  • Alloying


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