Microstructure Design and Tribological Properties of Cr/CrN and Ti/TiN Multilayer Films

Publication from Materials

Major L., Morgiel J., Lackner J.M., Szczerba M.J., Kot M., Major B.

Adv. Eng. Mat. 10 (7), pp. 617-621, 2008


Multilayer coatings on Cr/CrN and TiN/CrN basis were deposited by the Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technique at room temperature using an industrially designed 4-beam multi-spot PLD evaporator. Coatings were built of 2, 8, 32 and 64 layers with the total thickness of 1 m. Microstructure was studied using conventional and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM, HRTEM). Examinations revealed that layers were built of columnar crystallites. Mechanical properties were analyzed using microhardness and scratch-test. Results showed that 8-layered coating exhibited optimal mechanical features in examined systems.

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