M. Braic, V. Braic, M. Balaceanu, A. Vladescu, C. N. Zoita, C. P. Lungu, C. E. A. Grigorescu, E. Grigore, C. Logofatu, (Ti,Cr,Nb)CN coatings deposited on nitrided high-speed steel by cathodic arc method, Surf. Coat. Technol. 205 (2011) S209-S213.


Title: (Ti,Cr,Nb)CN coatings deposited on nitrided high-speed steel by cathodic arc method

Abstract: The combined processes of plasma nitriding and cathodic arc deposition of (Ti,Cr,Nb)CN coatings were applied to HSS substrates. The nitrided layers, obtained in a mixture of H(2) (70%) and N(2) (30%) at two different temperatures (480 deg.C and 510 deg.C), were examined for the microhardness depth profiles. Characterization of the duplex coatings was performed by investigating elemental and phase composition, texture, hardness, friction and wear. XRD and XPS analyses revealed the formation of a mixture of a carbonitride fcc solid solution, in a dominant proportion, and metallic chromium. The film hardness was measured to be similar to 34 GPa. The duplex (Ti,Cr,Nb)CN coatings exhibited superior tribological behavior as compared to both nitrided layers and non-duplex coatings.

Key words: Hard Coatings; Bias Voltage; Duplex; Films; Wear; Microstructure; Corrosion Resistance

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