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High-rate deposition of amorphous and nanocomposite Ti-Si-C multifunctional coatings
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2010 (English)In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 205, no 2, 299-305 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Amorphous (a) and nanocomposite Ti-Si-C coatings were deposited at rates up to 16 mu m/h by direct current magnetron sputtering from a Ti3SiC2 compound target, using an industrial pilot-plant system, onto high-speed steel. Si, and SiO2 substrates as well as NI-plated Cu cylinders, kept at a temperature of 200 or 270 degrees C. Electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction analyses showed that TiC/a-C/a-SiC nanocomposites were formed consisting of textured TIC nanocrystallites (nc) embedded in a matrix of a-C and a-SiC. Elastic recoil detection analysis showed that coatings deposited at a target-to-substrate distance of 2 cm and an Ar pressure of 10 mTorr have a composition close to that of the Ti3SiC2 compound target, as explained by ballistic transport of the species Increased target-to-substrate distance from 2 cm to 8 cm resulted in a higher carbon-to-titanium ratio in the coatings than for the Ti3SiC2 compound target, due to different gas-phase scattering properties between the sputtered species The coating microstructure could be modified from nanocrystalline to predominantly amorphous by changing the pressure and target-to-substrate conditions to 4 mTorr and 2 cm, respectively. A decreased pressure from 10 mTorr to 4 or 2 mTorr at a target-to-substrate distance of 2 cm decreased the deposition rate up to a factor of similar to 7 as explained by resputtering and an increase in the plasma sheath thickness. The coatings exhibited electrical resistivity in the range 160-800 mu Omega cm, contact resistance down to 08 m Omega at a contact force of 40 N, and nanoindentation hardness in the range of 6-38 GPa.

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2010. Vol. 205, no 2, 299-305 p.
Keyword [en]
Nanocomposites, TiSiC coatings, Pilot plant, Magnetron sputtering, Resistivity, Electron microscopy
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Inorganic Chemistry
Research subject
Chemistry with specialization in Inorganic Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134330DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2010.06.051ISI: 000282542300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134330DiVA: diva2:372504
Available from: 2010-11-25 Created: 2010-11-24 Last updated: 2014-05-14Bibliographically approved

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