Corrosion behavior of nanolayered TiN/NbN multilayer coatings prepared by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering process

Barshilia, Harish C and Surya Prakash, M and Aithu, Poojari and Rajam, KS (2004) Corrosion behavior of nanolayered TiN/NbN multilayer coatings prepared by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering process. Thin Solid Films, 460 (1-2). pp. 133-142.

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TiN, NbN and TiN/NbN multilayer coatings were deposited on tool steel substrates using a reactive DC magnetron sputtering process. The coatings were characterized using X-ray diffraction, nanoindentation, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis. The corrosion behavior of TiN/NbN multilayer coatings was studied in 0.5 M HCl and 0.5 M NaCl solutions using potentiodynamic polarization and compared with single layered TiN and NbN coatings. Approximately 1.5 x3BC;m thick coatings of TiN, NbN and TiN/NbN multilayers showed good corrosion protection of the tool steel substrate and multilayer coatings performed better than single layered coatings. The corrosion behavior of the multilayers improved with total number of interfaces in the coatings. In order to conclusively demonstrate the positive effect of layering, corrosion behavior of 40-layer TiN/NbN multilayers was studied at lower coating thicknesses (32x2013;200 nm) and compared with single layer TiN coatings of similar thicknesses. The polarization data and SEM studies of these coatings indicated that the corrosion behavior improved with coating thickness and multilayers showed better corrosion resistance as compared to the single layer coatings. Other studies such as intrinsic corrosion, effects of Ti interlayer and post-deposition annealing on the corrosion behavior of the multilayer coatings are also presented in this paper. The results of this study demonstrate that nanolayered multilayers can effectively improve the corrosion behavior of transition metal nitride hard coatings. 13; 13;

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reactive DC magnetron sputtering;TiN;NbN;Nanolayered TiN/NbN multilayers;Corrosion behavior
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
PHYSICS > Physics(General)
Depositing User: Mrs Neetu Chandra
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 10:38

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