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Characterization of AlCrN and AlCrON Coatings Deposited on Plasma Nitrided AISI H13 Steels Using Ion-Source-Enhanced Arc Ion Plating

by Farooq Ahmad 1,2, Lin Zhang 1,*, Jun Zheng 1,2, Iram Sidra 1,2 and Shihong Zhang 1,2,*
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Key Laboratory of Green Fabrication and Surface Technology of Advanced Metal Materials (Ministry of Education), Research Center of Modern Surface & Interface Engineering, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan 243002, China
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School of Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan 243002, China
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Coatings 2020, 10(4), 306; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings10040306
Received: 24 February 2020 / Revised: 16 March 2020 / Accepted: 23 March 2020 / Published: 25 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
The AlCrN and AlCrON coatings were deposited on plasma nitrided H13 steels through ion-source-enhanced arc ion plating, and their structures, mechanical properties, thermal stabilities, and tribological properties were investigated. Structural analysis showed that the monolayer AlCrN and AlCrON bilayered coatings were mainly composed of fcc-AlCrN and fcc-AlCrON solid solution phases respectively. Upon the addition of thin AlCrON layer, the hardness of AlCrN/AlCrON coating slightly decreased from about 30.5 GPa to 28.6 GPa, and the thermal stability was improved after annealing at 700 °C. Both coatings exhibited excellent wear resistance at room temperature, while all wear process involved a combination of wear mechanisms, including severe abrasion and oxidation at an evaluated temperature. The AlCrON bilayered coating showed better wear resistance than that of AlCrN coating due to a dense anti-oxidation layer and better adhesion at a high temperature, making it suitable for die tool protection coatings. View Full-Text
Keywords: microstructure; tribology; AlCrON coating; ion-source-enhanced arc ion plating microstructure; tribology; AlCrON coating; ion-source-enhanced arc ion plating
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Ahmad, F.; Zhang, L.; Zheng, J.; Sidra, I.; Zhang, S. Characterization of AlCrN and AlCrON Coatings Deposited on Plasma Nitrided AISI H13 Steels Using Ion-Source-Enhanced Arc Ion Plating. Coatings 2020, 10, 306.

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