Title

Effect of Thermal Annealing Upon Residual Stress and Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured TiSiN Coatings on Steel Substrates

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Editor(s)

David J Green, David W Johnson Jr., Lisa Klein

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Engineering (SOE)

RAS ID

10776

Comments

This article was originally published as: Ahmed, Mohammad. Shoeb., Zhao, Xiaoli. , Zhou, ZZhi-feng., Munroe, Paul., Tan, Nigel., Kwok, Lawrence Yan Li., & Xie, Zonghan. (2011). Effect of Thermal Annealing Upon Residual Stress and Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured TiSiN Coatings on Steel Substrates. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 94(5), 1546-1551. Original article available here

Abstract

Nanostructured TiSiN coatings were deposited onto a tool steel substrate. The coated samples were then annealed under vacuum at temperatures ranging from 4001 to 9001C. Both mechanical properties and residual stresses in the coatings were determined using nanoindentation methods, assisted by finite element analysis. Intrinsic residual stress was found to be dominant in the as-deposited coatings, but decreased with the increased annealing temperature. In contrast, thermal annealing has little impact on either the Young’s modulus or hardness of the coatings at temperatures up to 8001C. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that stress relaxation occurred in nanocrystalline TiN grains during thermal annealing. Direct subsurface observation, enabled by focused ion beam microscopy, revealed that microstructural characteristics, responsible for both the Young’s modulus and hardness of the coatings remained unaffected during thermal annealing. The degradation of mechanical properties for the coatings annealed at 9001C resulted primarily from the formation of a thin, soft titanium oxide layer at the outer surface.

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1111/j.1551-2916.2010.04280.x