Effects of Zr, Nb, or Si addition on the microstructural, mechanical, and corrosion resistance of TiCN hard coatings

L. Constantin, M. Braic, M. Dinu, M. Balaceanu, V. Braic, C. Farcau, A. Vladescu

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Stoichiometric TiZrCN, TiNbCN, and TiSiCN coatings, with Zr, Nb, or Si as alloying elements, were deposited on Si and M2 high speed steel substrates by the cathodic arc technique in a mixture of N2 and CH4 gases. Coatings with a C/N ratio value of about 0.5 have been prepared and comparatively investigated for elemental and phase composition, texture, adhesion, and anticorrosive properties. All coatings consisted of fcc solid solutions, with an (111) preferred orientation. The addition of either Zr, Nb, or Si in the basic structure of TiCN coatings resulted in adhesion enhancement (critical loads in the range 20–30 N) and increased corrosion resistance, as tested in 3.5% NaCl solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-938
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials and Corrosion
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • adhesion
  • cathodic arc deposition
  • corrosion resistance
  • TiNbCN
  • TiSiCN and TiCN coatings
  • TiZrCN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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