Influence of bilayer period and thickness ratio on the mechanical and tribological properties of CrSiN/TiAlN multilayer coatings

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Meng-Ko Wu
  • Jyh-Wei Lee
  • Yu-Chen Chan
  • Hsien-Wei Chen
  • Jenq-Gong Duh

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1886-1892
Journal / PublicationSurface and Coatings Technology
Volume206
Issue number7
Online published17 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - 25 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Nanostructured CrSiN/TiAlN multilayer coatings were deposited by a bipolar asymmetric reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering system. The thickness ratio of CrSiN to TiAlN layers was fixed at 1:1. The bilayer periods of the coatings were controlled to be from 6 to 40. nm. Furthermore, two CrSiN/TiAlN multilayer coatings with the same bilayer period (20. nm) but different CrSiN/TiAlN thickness ratios (2:8 and 8:2) were also deposited to explore the influence of thickness ratio on the mechanical properties of the multilayer coatings. The crystalline structures of the coatings were determined by a glancing angle X-ray diffractometer. The microstructures of thin films were examined by a scanning electron microscopy and a transmission electron microscopy, respectively. A nanoindenter, a micro Vickers hardness tester, and a pin-on-disk wear tester were used to evaluate the hardness, the toughness and the tribological properties of the thin films, respectively. The maximum hardness of the multilayers was obtained when the bilayer period was at 10. nm for the coating with the same thickness ratio of CrSiN to TiAlN layers (1:1). Meanwhile, the thickness ratio of CrSiN to TiAlN layer had great influence on the hardness and the toughness properties of the multilayer coatings. The hardness and the toughness of the CrSiN/TiAlN multilayer coatings increased as the individual TiAlN layer thickness increased.

Research Area(s)

  • Bilayer period, CrSiN/TiAlN multilayer coating, Fracture toughness, Pulsed DC reactive magnetron sputtering

Citation Format(s)

Influence of bilayer period and thickness ratio on the mechanical and tribological properties of CrSiN/TiAlN multilayer coatings. / Wu, Meng-Ko; Lee, Jyh-Wei; Chan, Yu-Chen; Chen, Hsien-Wei; Duh, Jenq-Gong.

In: Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 206, No. 7, 25.12.2011, p. 1886-1892.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal