Alloying as a tool for structure and thermal stability engineering of hard coatings
2014 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
A large range of (ZrxAly Cr(100-x-y))1N1 coatings have been deposited using cathodic arc evaporation and annealed at temperatures up to 1100 ºC. The coatings can be divided into three different characteristic categories based on their structure, thermal stability and hardness.
The first category of coatings, (Al < ~30 % and ~40 % < Zr), are stable cubic solid solutions up to 1100 ºC. The hardness decreases upon annealing because of defect annihilation.
In the second category, (40 % < Al < 60 % and Zr < 15 %), the coatings decompose into ZrCr- and Al-rich nanometer-sized domains when annealed, which results in a hardness increase.
In the third category (~67 % < Al), the microstructure contain a mixture of 1-2 nanometer-sized nano-crystalline hexagonal (AlN) and cubic (ZrCrN) phases. These coatings have a significantly lower hardness in the as deposited state but upon annealing the hardness increases significantly.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110683OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-110683DiVA: diva2:748118