1Department of Ceramics, Materials and Energy Research Center, karaj, Iran.
2Department of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Materials and Energy Research Center, karaj, Iran
3Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran.
In this research, BaTiO3 thick deposit has been successfully sprayed by air plasma spray. The microstructure and dielectric properties of thick films were investigated by secondary electron microscopy (SEM) and LCR meter respectively. XRD measurement was carried out on plasma sprayed BaTiO3. The results illustrate differences in the crystal structure between plasma sprayed coatings and feed stock powders. The as deposited films were mainly crystalline with small amount of an amorphous second phase. The amount of crystalline to amorphous phases was found to be critically dependent upon the degree of melting of feed stock powders. The as-deposited BaTiO3 films had maximum dielectric constant as high as 85 at room temperature. Upon annealing in air at 1050 oC, the dielectric constant increased to165. Increasing in dielectric constant was attributed to the crystallization of the amorphous phase. The dielectric constant of BaTiO3 thick films produced by plasma spray was lower than that of sintering ceramic. Reduction in dielectric properties of deposited films was related to splats interface and lamellar structure of plasma sprayed coatings.