Comparison of microstructure and mechanical properties of chromium nitride-based coatings deposited by high power impulse magnetron sputtering and by the combined steered cathodic arc/unbalanced magnetron technique
2004 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 457, no 2, 270-277 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sliding, abrasive, and impact wear tests were performed on chromium nitride (CrN)-based coatings deposited on mirror-polished M2 high speed steel substrates by the novel high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) utilising high peak cathode powers densities of 3000 W cm−2. The coatings were compared to single layer CrN and multilayer superlattice CrN/NbN coatings deposited by the arc bond sputtering (ABS) technique designed to improve the coating substrate adhesion by a combined steered cathodic arc/unbalanced magnetron (UBM) sputtering process. The substrates were metal ion etched using non-reactive HIPIMS or steered cathodic arc at a substrate bias voltage of −1200 V. Subsequently a 2- to 3-μm thick CrN or CrN/NbN coating was deposited by reactive HIPIMS or UBM. No bias was used during the HIPIMS deposition, while the bias during UBM growth was in the range 75–100 V. The ion saturation current measured by a flat electrostatic probe reached values of 50 mA cm−2 peak for HIPIMS and 1 mA cm−2 continuous during UBM deposition. The microstructure of the HIPIMS coatings observed by transmission electron microscopy was fully dense in contrast to the voided columnar structure observed in conventional UBM sputtered CrN and CrN/NbN. The sliding wear coefficients of the HIPIMS CrN films of 2.3×10−16 m3 N−1 m−1 were lower by a factor of 4 and the roughness of the wear track was significantly reduced compared to the UBM-deposited CrN. The abrasive wear coefficient of the HIPIMS coating was 2.2×10−13 m3 N−1 m−1 representing an improvement by a factor of 3 over UBM deposited CrN and a wear resistance comparable to that of the superlattice CrN/NbN. The adhesion of the HIPIMS deposited CrN was comparable to state-of-the-art ABS technology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2004. Vol. 457, no 2, 270-277 p.
Physical vapour deposition (PVD); Ion bombardment; Transmission electron microscopy (TEM); Tribology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-29641DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2003.11.113Local ID: 15020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-29641DiVA: diva2:250458