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Title: Toughening effect of Ni on nc-CrAlN/a-SiNx hard nanocomposite
Authors: Wang, Yu Xi
Zhang, Sam
Lee, Jyh-Wei
Lew, Wen Siang
Li, Bo
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Materials::Composite materials
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Wang, Y. X., Zhang, S., Lee, J. W., Lew, W. S., & Li, B. (2012). Toughening effect of Ni on nc-CrAlN/a-SiNx hard nanocomposite. Applied surface science, 265, 418-423.
Series/Report no.: Applied surface science
Abstract: To combat the brittleness of hard nc-CrAlN/a-SiNx nanocomposite (nc-: nanocrystalline, a-: X-ray amorphous), different Ni content (from 0 to 39.8 at.%) is doped via magnetron sputtering. Glancing Angle X-ray Diffractometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy are employed to investigate the microstructural evolution. With increased Ni, the grain size decreases accompanied with morphology change, from dense glassy to coarse columns. With 4.2 at.% Ni, scratch toughness of nc-CrAlN/a-SiNx hard nanocomposite (28 GPa) is improved by around 200% at expense of only 18% hardness.
ISSN: 0169-4332
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2012.11.022
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