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Machining Performance of Sputter-Deposited (Al0.34Cr0.22Nb0.11Si0.11Ti0.22)50N50 High-Entropy Nitride Coatings

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan
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Coatings 2015, 5(3), 312-325; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings5030312
Received: 16 May 2015 / Revised: 30 June 2015 / Accepted: 14 July 2015 / Published: 23 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High Entropy Alloy Coatings)
(Al0.34Cr0.22Nb0.11Si0.11Ti0.22)50N50 high-entropy nitride coatings prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering have been proved to have high hardness and superior oxidation resistance. Their thermal stability, adhesion strength, and cutting performance were investigated in this study. Hardness of the coating is 36 GPa, which only decreases slightly to 33 GPa after 900 °C annealing either in air or in vacuum for 2 h. No significant change in phase and microstructure were detected after annealing at 1000 °C. Rockwell C indentation and scratch tests shows that Ti interlayer provides a good adhesion between the nitride film and WC/Co substrates. In various milling tests, inserts coated with (Al0.34Cr0.22Nb0.11Si0.11Ti0.22)50N50 have evidently smaller flank wear depth than commercial inserts coated with TiN and TiAlN, even with their smaller thickness. Therefore, the (Al0.34Cr0.22Nb0.11Si0.11Ti0.22)50N50 coating has great potential in hard coating applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: high-entropy nitride; thermal stability; hot hardness; adhesion; milling test; flank wear high-entropy nitride; thermal stability; hot hardness; adhesion; milling test; flank wear
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Shen, W.-J.; Tsai, M.-H.; Yeh, J.-W. Machining Performance of Sputter-Deposited (Al0.34Cr0.22Nb0.11Si0.11Ti0.22)50N50 High-Entropy Nitride Coatings. Coatings 2015, 5, 312-325.

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