Mechanical, Tribological, and Corrosive Properties of NbCrCx and NbCrCxNy Coatings with Various Nitrogen and Carbon Contents

Yean Liang Su, Sung Mao Chiu, Wen Hsien Kao, Hsiang Chun Hsueh, Tsung Yen Hsieh

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Abstract

CrC and NbC carbide coatings both have good mechanical properties, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance. The present study seeks to combine the two coating systems in order to further enhance their properties. NbCrCx and NbCrCxNy coatings (where x and y denote the atomic percentages of carbon and nitrogen, respectively) were deposited on SKH51 substrates using a radio-frequency unbalanced magnetron sputtering system. The mechanical, tribological, and corrosive properties of the coatings were investigated and compared. Among the NbCrCx coatings, the NbCrC61 coating showed high levels of hardness, excellent adhesion strength, and good wear resistance. Among the NbCrCxNy coatings, the NbCrC55N5 coating showed high adhesion strength and hardness and excellent tribological properties. However, for nitrogen contents greater than 16 at%, the adhesion strength was dramatically reduced, resulting in poor tribological performance. Among all of the coatings, the NbCrC49 coating showed the best corrosion resistance due to its enhanced crystallinity, high adhesion strength, moderate surface roughness, and high sp3 C-C bonding ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1488
JournalMetals
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Metals and Alloys

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