Thermal Barrier Coatings V

An ECI Conference Series

June 24-29, 2018
Kloster Irsee
Irsee, Germany

Due to space limitations, we must close registration to those who are not on the program.  If you are on the program and have not yet registered, please contact Kathy Chan.

Know Before You Go —  Important Information for Participants

Final Program with Posters

Poster Size:  1.5 meters high by 1.0 meter wide

Visa for Germany


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About This Conference

The proposed conference will be fifth in a series of conferences sponsored by ECI at Irsee, Germany on Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC).  Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Systems continue to be a key materials technology that offers great benefit to the operation of gas turbine aircraft engines, gas turbine shipboard engines, land-based industrial gas turbine engines, and recently, diesel reciprocating engines.  The technology associated with TBC has progressed steadily since the introduction of theses coatings over fifty years ago.  It is noteworthy that research in thermal barrier coatings has accelerated greatly in the past twenty years and that this research has resulted in the commercial and military use of new bond coats, low conductivity coatings, coatings that resist degradation induced by environmental deposits ingested into the engine.

Current research includes development of prime-reliant TBCs, coatings capable to operate at higher temperatures, new reliable and cost-effective manufacturing routes, especially in the area of thermal spray, and recently, TBCs that will resist reaction with deposits such as CMAS or volcanic ash.  An emerging area of research is combined thermal and environmental barrier coatings that protect ceramic matrix composites, new silicide-based materials, titanium, and cobalt-based single crystal alloys where the coatings are key for successful introduction of the materials into application.  Thermal barrier coating systems are now key elements in the design of new and advanced engines and are enabling many new designs with improved efficiencies and higher thrusts.  Extensive research and development of TBC is being carried out in every major industrialized country by industry, academia, and national institutions and laboratories.

Very successful TBC conferences were sponsored by ECI at Kloster Irsee, Germany during August 17-22, 2003, August 12-17 2007, August 7-12 2011, and June 22-27, 2014.  Over 400 researchers and practitioners in total attended these conferences.  Although energy transition lead in several countries to reduced research efforts for large stationary gas turbines, research activity has continued to be strong especially in the aero engine sector and the successful implementation of new and advanced coating systems has been achieved.  Several technologies that were in the developmental phase and reported on at previous ECI TBC conferences are now being deployed and can be discussed.

Also since the last conference, research activities in TBCs are still increasing in different parts of the world such as Asia, especially in China. It is thus timely to have a sequel to the prior Irsee meetings to bring together scientists, engineers, professors, and students to report and discuss recent progress in TBC development and use, and define future development activities and directions.  Recent workshops, such as ICACC and ICMCTF that also cover this technology have been consistently well-attended and dynamic in nature.  In addition, workshops on processing related issues as suspension plasma spraying with a special focus on TBCs are receiving increasing interest.

Thermal barrier coatings are complex, multi-layered, and multi-material systems with many variants related to composition, processing and microstructure.  Also additional functionalities as sensoric properties play an increasing role. Further understanding of the science and behavior of these materials that will result in the successful advancement of the technology requires a truly multidisciplinary approach. Here also the progress made within high resolution and scale bridging characterization tools can play a major role. The field has attracted a diverse group of scientists and engineers especially in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and China, and combines ceramics, metals, metal-ceramic interfaces, processing, mechanisms of TBC performance and degradation including environmental attack and oxidation, thermal transport, diffusion and applications in a variety of aggressive environments.

Scope:  The conference will address the multi-disciplinary nature of thermal barrier coatings and will attempt to bring together those who have expertise in specific aspects of the materials involved, processing with conventional and innovative methods, mechanics and chemistry of degradation, newer materials as alternatives to yttria-stabilized zirconia, high-temperature oxidation and corrosion including CMAS attack, thermal and radiative heat transport, diffusion, high temperature creep and sintering phenomena as well as engineering design. In addition, the interaction of the various layers with different substrates (Ni-, Co-, Ti-, Silicide-, CMC-based) that cover applications in aero- and land-based gas turbines, diesel engines, and rocket applications will be discussed.

Preliminary List of Invited Speakers and Topics

Conference Organization

Prof. Dr. Robert Vaßen (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)
Brian Hazel (Pratt & Whitney, USA)
Prof. Dr. Uwe Schulz (German Aerospace Center, Germany)
Dr. Michael J. Maloney (Pratt & Whitney, USA)
Dr. Ram Darolia (GE Aviation (Retired), USA)

Steering Committee
Dr. Odile Lavigne (ONERA   DMSM/MAT, France)
Prof. Carlos G. Levi (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Prof. Dr. Changjiu Li (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)
Dr. Hideyuki Murakami (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)

Tentative Advisory Committee
Prof. Xueqiang Cao, Wuhan University of Technology, China
Prof. David Clarke, Harvard University, USA
Dr. J. Feist, Sensor Coating Systems Ltd, UK
Prof. Brian Gleeson, University of Pittsburgh,, USA
Prof. Hongbo Guo, Beihang University, China
Prof. Kevin Hemker, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Prof. Yukata Kagawa, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Don Lipkin, GE Global Research. USA
Dr. David Litton, Pratt & Whitney, USA
Dr. Nicolaie Markocsan, University West, Sweden
Dr. Robert Miller, NASA Glenn, USA
Prof. John Nicholls, Cranfield University, UK
Dr. Matthias Oechsner, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Prof. Nitin Padture, Brown University, USA
Prof. Tresa Pollock, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Prof. Sanjay Sampath, Stonybrook University, USA
Dr.  David Shifler, ONR, USA
Dr. Ramesh Subramanian, Siemens Energy, Orlando, USA
Prof. Ping Xiao, University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Dongming Zhu, NASA, USA

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate if the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                     Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:                Closed

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

There will be a poster competition for the Best Student Poster and Best Overall Poster.

Poster Size:  1.5 meters high by 1.0 meter wide

Conference Venue

Kloster Irsee (Swabian Conference Centre at IrseeNestling in the Alpine Foreland of the Allgäu and located only a few kilometers from walled town of Kaufbeuren, the former Benedictine monastery at Irsee – founded in the 12th century – now houses a modern conference center.  The magnificent Baroque church and the harmoniously designed four-winged monastery, surrounded by a well-kept park, away from major highways and yet easily reached, is particularly suitable for the conference.  The center offers a broad range of leisure activities including a bierstube in the cellar of the monastery and a game room with pool, table tennis and tabletop football.  There is also a bocce court and a sauna available for guests.  Nearby are many jogging trails, fitness trails, a tennis center, walking and hiking trails.  Across the court from the center is the Irsee brewery where conference attendees can enjoy beer directly from its source.  Note that there are no televisions in the bedrooms; however, one may be rented.

The nearest major airport is Franz-Josef Strauss Airport in Munich  and their web-link provides a great deal of useful information, including information for booking airport hotels.

A concert on the historic church organ is being arranged for early Sunday evening, June 24.  After the concert, conference participants are invited to go to the organ loft and informally meet the organist.

Kloster Irsee/Swabian Conference Center at Irsee is a good starting point for excursions and sightseeing tours to the Allgäu Mountains, to Lake Constance, to Austria and Switzerland. For those who plan to extend their stay, popular day-trips are to the Castles of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein (built by the Bavarian King Ludwig II), the scenic Tannheimer Valley and the Pfaffenwinkel with its famous Baroque churches (Wieskirche).

More information about Kloster Irsee can be found at this link.

Address:  Swabian Conference and Educational Centre, Kloster Irsee, Klosterring 4
D-87660 Irsee
Telephone: +49 (0)8341 906-00

Travel Information

Transportation to Conference Site  The Swabian Conference Center at Irsee rests in the Alpine Foreland of the Allgäu, yet is conveniently located near Munich and is easily reached by rail or road.  For those traveling from the airport by train, one can reach the Munich Main Station (Hauptbahnhof) in several ways: (1) by Lufthansa Airport Bus.  Departures are every typically 20 minutes for the 45 minutes trip.  Cost is approximately 10.5 € one- way and 17 € roundtrip . (2)  by Rapid Transit Train (“S-bahn” – either S1 or S8).  Departures are every 20 minutes for the 41 or 45-minute trip.  (3) by taxi.  The trip takes approximately 40-minutes and the price should be discussed with the driver.

From the Munich Main Station there are through trains to Kaufbeuren (about an hour ride).  In front of Kaufbeuren Station there is a taxi stand where you can hire a taxi to Irsee.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights), all meals, drinks, and taxes from dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Incidental fees (faxes, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before May 20, 2018 Register after May 20, 2018
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $2,145.00 US $2,345.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,975.00 US $2,175.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,575.00 US $1,775.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (A guest badge will be issued and this fee Includes all conference meals) US $1020.00 US $1020.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not certain if you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we do not have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were located. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before June 24) or to stay after the conference (night of June 29, 30, or July 1, you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE  to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel.

All participants are encouraged to register before May 20, 2018.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (

Final Program/Posters

Click on THIS LINK to view the final program and posters.

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Due to space limitations, we must close registration to those who are not on the program.  If you are on the program and have not yet registered, please contact Kathy Chan.

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