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Modelling of the hardness of electroplated nickel coatings on copper substrates

Lookup NU author(s): Jon Tuck, Dr Alexander Korsunsky, Robert Davidson, Professor Steve BullORCiD


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Hardness response of electroplated nickel coatings on copper substrates was studied over a range of applied loads and two decades of indentation depths. The hardness values were determined experimentally using a combination of conventional Vickers testing and microhardness measurements. The results were analysed using the work-of-indentation model for the hardness of coated systems, which was originally proposed and applied by the authors to the study of hard ceramic layers on steel substrates. The analysis shows the generality and flexibility of the model, which allows both brittle and ductile modes of response to be described with equal success. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science S.A. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Tuck JR, Korsunsky AM, Davidson RI, Bull SJ, Elliott DM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Surface and Coatings Technology

Year: 2000

Volume: 127

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-8

ISSN (print): 0257-8972

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Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/S0257-8972(00)00537-5


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