Recent advances of superhard nanocomposite coatings: a review

Zhang, Sam, Sun, Deen, Fu, Yong Qing and Du, Hejun (2003) Recent advances of superhard nanocomposite coatings: a review. Surface and Coatings Technology, 167 (2-3). pp. 113-119. ISSN 0257 8972

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In this paper, a review of the present status of the research and technological development in the field of superhard nanocomposite coatings is attempted. Various deposition techniques have been used to prepare nanocomposite coatings. Among them, reactive magnetron sputtering is most commonly used. Nanocomposite coating design methodology and synthesis are described with emphasis on the magnetron sputtering deposition technique. Also discussed are the hardness and fracture toughness measurements of the coatings and the size effect. Superhard nanocomposite thin films are obtainable through optimal design of microstructure. So far, much attention is paid to increasing hardness, but not enough to toughness. The development of next generation superhard coatings should base on appropriate material design to achieve high hardness and at the same time high toughness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Superhard; Nanocomposite; Coatings; Fracture toughness
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 12:48
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:05

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