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The effect of rapid thermal processing (RTP) on TiN coatings deposited by PVD and the steel-turning performance of coated cemented carbide

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Steve BullORCiD, Emeritus Professor Trevor Page


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Monolithic TiN coatings deposited onto cemented carbide cutting tool inserts coated by PVD methods have been subjected to pulsed intense electron beam treatments in the energy range 3-5 J cm-2. The temperature profiles for this rapid thermal process (RTP) covered the range between fusion of the cobalt binder in the carbide to surface fusion of the TiN coatings. The treatment caused extensive cracking and removed the atomic level defects, vacancies and dislocations, and residual stress. There was some nitrogen loss very close to the surface but no change in the stoichiometry of the bulk of the nitride. No changes were found in the microstructure of the carbide substrate below the coatings. Steel-turning tests showed that treatment of the coatings at the lowest power used, 3 J cm-2, reduced the flank wear by a factor of about two.

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Author(s): Perry AJ, Matossian JN, Bull SJ, Proskurovsky DI, Rice-Evans PC, Page TF, Geist DE, Taylor J, Vajo JJ, Doty RE, Rotshtein V, Markov AB

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology

Year: 1999

Volume: 120-121

Pages: 337-342

Print publication date: 01/11/1999

ISSN (print): 0257-8972

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Publisher: Elsevier S.A.


DOI: 10.1016/S0257-8972(99)00385-0


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