A new nanocomposite, titanium aluminum carbonitride/amorphous-carbon thin film was prepared by radio-frequency (rf) plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition using titanium tetrachloride, aluminum trichloride, methane, and nitrogen as reactants. Hydrogen was used as carrier gases. A substrate temperature of 500 °C and an rf power of 100 W were used in all depositions. The films were characterized by x-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The results show that nanograins of titanium aluminum carbonitride were embedded in an amorphous-carbon matrix. The nanograins had a (200) preferred orientation with columnar cross-section morphology. Mechanical properties were analyzed by nanoindentation and hardness was demonstrated to increase via this microstructure design approach. The effects of microstructure on mechanical properties were also determined.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.