Empirical Modeling of Abrasive Waterjet Process for Controlled Depth Machining of Dense Segmented Ceramic Thermal Barrier Coatings
Abrasive waterjet (AWJ) controlled depth machining shows promise to be one of the most efficient non-conventional structuring techniques for dense segmented Thermal Barrier Coatings (STBC) on turbomachinery hot gas components made of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia. Exemplary applications in the field of gas turbine technology are engraving of structures to optimize gas turbine performance and the stripping process of TBC within the repair process chain. As there are no comprehensive process models available, the development of an appropriate AWJ machining process is demanding. Thus, deeper process understanding and modeling need to be investigated. This paper shows an empirical modeling of AWJ process for controlled depth machining of dense segmented TBC material. The practical trials are based on a Design of Experiments (DoE). The investigated influencing parameters are water pressure, abrasive mass flow, feed rate, hatch distance and machining angle. The considered target variables are ablation depth and surface roughness. Furthermore, the process stability is investigated. The developed empirical model results in an acceleration of process parameter determinations.