Toughening of hard nanostructural thin films: a critical review

Zhang, Sam, Sun, Deen, Fu, Yong Qing and Du, Hejun (2005) Toughening of hard nanostructural thin films: a critical review. Surface and Coatings Technology, 198 (1-3). pp. 2-8. ISSN 0257 8972

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For engineering applications of thin films, appropriate combination of high hardness with other properties (such as high toughness, low residual stress, good adhesion with substrate and oxidation resistance) is of vital importance. Super high hardness alone does not have too much use. For practical application, hardness and toughness are of the same importance. This paper gives a critical review on toughening methodologies for hard nanostructural thin films, these are: ductile phase toughening, nanograin boundary strengthening and sliding, composition and structure grading, multilayer design, carbon nanotube toughening, phase transformation toughening, compressive stress toughening, etc. A summary is given to cap the essence of toughening methodologies in terms of increasing the storage or dissipation of plastic energy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Toughening; Hardness; Nanostructural; Thin films
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 17:00
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:06

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