Extremely hard, α-Mn type high entropy alloy coatings
School of Engineering
Australian Research Council
ARC Number : DP150102417
FeMnCoCrC high entropy alloy coatings were deposited onto high speed steel substrates using magnetron sputtering under a range of substrate bias voltages. These coatings exhibited a novel α-Mn crystal structure and highly refined columnar grains. Higher bias voltages promoted strong texture development through favouring (332)-oriented grains along the coating growth direction, as well as the formation of well-defined twin boundaries. The -80 V coating possessed a high hardness (~12.5 GPa), more than triple that of its fcc-structured bulk counterpart. This is attributed to the cumulative effects of the α-Mn structure, strong texture, grain refinement and the presence of twin boundaries.