In this work, three kinds of Cr-based nitride coatings such as monolithic CrN, CrSiN coatings, and multilayered coating with bilayer period of were deposited on both Si (100) wafer and AISI H13 steel substrates by unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Thermal stability of these coatings was evaluated by annealing the coatings at temperatures between 600 and for in air. In addition, the corrosion behaviors of these coatings were investigated by potentiodynamic polarization tests in a deaerated NaCl solution at . Results from annealing test show the monolithic CrN and CrSiN coatings were completely oxidized after annealed at 800 and , and their cross sectional images and atomic force microscopy showed a loose and very porous morphology due to the oxidation. Also, the hardness values of the monolithic CrN and CrSiN coatings were decreased significantly from 22 and to 8 and , respectively. However, the multilayered coating still exhibited a dense microstructure without visible change after annealed at , and moreover, the relatively high hardness of was maintained. The superior thermal stability of the multilayer coating could be attributed to the formation of the dense and stable oxidation barrier consisted of the , , and amorphous phases near the surface region, which retard the diffusion of oxygen into the coating. In the potentiodynamic polarization test results, it was found that the significantly improved corrosion resistance of the multilayered coating was observed in comparison with those from the monolithic CrN and CrSiN coatings, and its corrosion current density and protective efficiency were measured to be approximately and 95%, respectively.
Comparative studies on the thermal stability and corrosion resistance of CrN, CrSiN, and coatings
Gwang Seok Kim, Sung Min Kim, Sang Yul Lee, Bo Young Lee; Comparative studies on the thermal stability and corrosion resistance of CrN, CrSiN, and coatings. J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 1 July 2009; 27 (4): 873–879. https://doi.org/10.1116/1.3155396
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