Mechanical and high pressure tribological properties of nanocrystalline Ti(N,C) and amorphous C:H nanocomposite coatings
Demas, N. G.
Baker, M. A.
Polycarpou, A. A.
SourceDiamond & Related Materials
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This paper reports on the mechanical and high pressure tribological properties of nanocrystalline (nc-) Ti(N,C)/amorphous (a-) C:H deposited, using low temperature (∼200°C) DC reactive magnetron sputtering. The mechanical properties are affected by the nc-Ti(N,C)/a-C:H phase fraction ratio. For increasing C contents (from 31 to 47 at.%) an increase of the a-C:H phase content and a degradation of the nanocrystalline phase occurs leading to a reduction in nanoindentation hardness (H) values (from 15 to 9GPa) and reduced modulus (Er) values (from 150 to 80GPa). A strong correlation between H/E ratio and wear performance was exhibited by the coatings. The synthesized coatings survived up to 100m sliding distance when tested using pin-on-disc sliding configuration at >4.5GPa contact pressures and the measured friction coefficient values were similar for all films (μ∼0.21–0.25).