Synthesis of a Cr-Cu surface alloy using a low-energy high-current electron beam

Alexey Markov, Evgenii Yakovlev, Daria Shepel', Massimiliano Bestetti

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A Cr-Cu surface alloy is synthesized using successive operations of Cr film deposition followed by mixing in a melted phase with the Cu substrate by a low-energy, high-current electron beam (LEHCEB). The parameters of LEHCEB are as follows: electron energy 20–30 keV and pulse duration 2–4 μs. Depending on the LEHCEB energy density, the concentration of Cr in the alloy is in the range from 60 to 20 at.%. The alloy microstructure has been analyzed, and its morphology is shown to represent nanosized chromium particles measuring 10–30 nm uniformly distributed in the copper matrix. The synthesized Cr-Cu surface alloys demonstrate a more than a factor of 3 a decrease in wear coefficient, which is nearly as low as the wear coefficient of Cr coatings. Some defects such as networks of cracks and pores, are observed in the lengthy regions of chromium. They are attributed to the tensile thermal stresses taking place during solidified melt cooling due to a large difference between the thermal expansion coefficients of copper and chromium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1915-1924
Number of pages10
JournalResults in Physics
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Cr-Cu alloy
  • Nanostructuring
  • Pulsed electron beam
  • Surface alloy
  • Wear resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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