Volume 12, Issue 2 (June 2015)                   IJMSE 2015, 12(2): 47-55 | Back to browse issues page

DOI: 10.22068/ijmse.12.2.47


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In this work, TiN/TiCN & PN/TiCN multilayer films were deposited by plasma- assisted chemical vapour deposition (PACVD). Plasma nitriding (PN) and TiN intermediate layer prior to coating leads to appropriate hardness gradient and it can greatly improve the mechanical properties of the coating. The composition, crystalline structure and phase of the films were investigated by X-ray diffraction. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were employed to observe the morphology and structure of the films. The TiCN layer exhibited a columnar structure. The adhesion force between the film and the tool steel substrate was 30.8 MPa for TiN/TiCN and 25.4 MPa for PN/TiCN film determined by pull off tests. The hardness of TiN/TiCN film was 12.75 GPa while it was 5.4 GPa for PN/TiCN film, respectively. The improvement of the adhesion in TiN/TiCN was attributed to a less gradient hardness configuration. In addition, the mean friction coefficients of the films were about 0.2 for TiN/TiCN and 0.3 for PN/TiCN film determined by nanoindentation tests.
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