A comparative study of the mechanical and tribological properties of PECVD single layer and compositionally graded TiSiCN coatings

Mohammad Abedi, Amir Abdollah-zadeh, Antonello Vicenzo, Massimiliano Bestetti, Farid Movassagh-Alanagh, Elyad Damerchi

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Abstract

In this study, TiSiCN coatings, with and without a Ti/TiN/TiCN interlayer, are deposited on tempered and plasma-nitrided H13 hot-working tool steel substrate by pulsed direct current plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The self-lubricant super hard TiSiCN coatings have a nanocomposite structure consisting of an amorphous SiCN matrix embedding TiCN nanocrystals. In the presence of the graded interlayer, coating adhesion improves significantly, as revealed by a 40% increase of the critical load for adhesion failure in scratch testing of the coated samples. The formation of shorter radial cracks around the indentation zone during Rockwell C indentation test reveals that the coating with the graded interlayer has a higher toughness compared to the single layer coating. The wear rate of the graded coating is found to be about three times lower than that of the single layer coating, which can be attributed to the higher hardness, better adhesion to the substrate and higher toughness of the graded coating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21200-21207
Number of pages8
JournalCeramics International
Volume45
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Graded structure
  • Nanocomposite coating
  • Superhard coating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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