On the oxidation resistance of superhard Ti–Si–C–N coatings

Y Guo, S Ma, K Xu, T Bell, Xiao-Ying Li, Hanshan Dong

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The oxidation behavior of three types of plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) processed Ti-Si-C-N coatings with silicon content ranging from 4.3 to 11.6 at.% has been investigated at high temperatures. Systematic characterization was conducted to study the evolution of composition, phase constituents, hardness, surface morphologies, microstructures, and grain size during oxidation. A two-stage oxidation process was observed between 700 and 1000 degrees C for all three coatings. Experimental results indicate that a superhardness of 40 GPa can be maintained up to 700, 800, and 850 degrees C for 4.3, 7.4, and 11.6 at.% Si coatings, respectively; the dual-phased 7.4 and 11.6 at.% Si coatings show a better oxidation resistance than the single-phased 4.3 at.% Si coating. On the basis of the results, a mechanism is proposed to explain the relationship between the nanostructure and oxidation behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2420-2428
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008


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