Microstructure and tribological properties of nitride coatings based on Zr, Ti, Cr, Nb, and Si elements

Alexander D. Pogrebnjak, A. A. Bagdasaryan, V. M. Beresnev, A. I. Kupchishin, S. V. Plotnikov, Yaroslav O. Kravchenko

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The structure and tribological properties of the nitride coatings (Zr-Ti-Nb)N, (Zr-Ti-Cr-Nb)N, and (Zr-Ti-Cr-Nb-Si)N, fabricated by vacuum arc deposition have been investigated. Their elemental composition and crystal structure are characterized by EDS and SEM analyses, XPS, and X-ray diffraction. The multicomponent (Zr-Ti-Cr-Nb-Si)N and (Zr-Ti-Nb)N coatings are found to be a simple face-centered cubic (fcc) solid solution. For the coatings without Si, the structure is mainly composed of the TiN fcc phase and Cr2N trigonal modification. The (Zr-Ti-Nb)N and (Zr-Ti-Cr-Nb)N coatings provided the best adhesive strength in different conditions. The (Zr-Ti-Cr-Nb-Si)N coatings exhibited the worst adhesive strength, which may be attributed to the relative low hardness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-275
Number of pages9
JournalHigh Temperature Material Processes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Adhesion
  • Microstructure
  • Multielement coatings
  • Tribological properties
  • Vacuum arc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Engineering(all)
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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