Corrosion Behaviour of TiN/a-C Superhard Nanocomposite Coatings Prepared by a Reactive DC Magnetron Sputtering Process

Barshilia, Harish C and Surya Prakash, M and Aithu, Poojari and Rajam, KS (2004) Corrosion Behaviour of TiN/a-C Superhard Nanocomposite Coatings Prepared by a Reactive DC Magnetron Sputtering Process. Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing, 82 (4). pp. 1-7.

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    Abstract

    Nanocomposite coatings of TiN/a-C were prepared on tool steel substrates using a multitarget reactive DC magnetron sputtering process at various TiN layer thicknesses (0.6x2013;2.8 nm). The a-C layer thickness was approximately 0.45 nm. Structural characterisation of the coatings was done by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Incorporation of an a-C phase in TiN matrix reduced crystallite size of the coatings, as13; revealed by XRD and atomic force microscopy. XRD data showed that the nanocomposite coatings exhibited {111} texture and the average crystax2013;llite size was ca. 7.5x2013;9.0 nm. Nanoindentation data showed that 1.5 xB5;m thick nanocomposite coatings exhibited a maximum hardness of 5100 kg mm-2. The potentiodynamic polarisation of 1.5 xB5;m thick coatings in 0.5 MHCl solution indicated that the nanocomposite coatings exhibited superior corrosion protection of the tool steel substrate as compared to the single layer TiN coatings of similar thicknesses. Enhancement in the corrosion behaviour of the nanocomposite coatings has been attributed to small crystallite size and dense microstructure. Potentiodynamic polarisation studies conducted on ca. 100 nm thick nanocomposite coatings revealed that for a given a-C layer thickness the corrosion current decreased with a decrease in TiN layer thickness. This was supported by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies on the corroded samples. The SEM micrographs showed that density and diameter of the corrosion pits were smaller for nanocomposite coatings as compared to single layer TiN coatings of similar thicknesses.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: TiN/a-C nanocomposites;Superhard coatings;Magnetron sputtering;Structure;Mechanical properties;Corrosion behaviour
    Subjects: PHYSICS > Solid-State Physics
    AERONAUTICS > Aerodynamics
    Division/Department: Surface Engineering Division, Surface Engineering Division, Surface Engineering Division, Surface Engineering Division
    Depositing User: Mrs Neetu Chandra
    Date Deposited: 31 May 2006
    Last Modified: 22 Aug 2011 10:17
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/1454

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