Structure and mechanical properties of low temperature magnetron sputtered nanocrystalline (nc-)Ti(N,C)/amorphous diamond like carbon (a-C:H) coatings Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reports on the structure and mechanical properties of ∼ 2 μm thick nanocomposite (nc-) Ti(N,C)/amorphous diamond like carbon (a-C:H) coatings deposited on 100Cr6 steel substrates, using low temperature (∼ 200 °C) DC reactive magnetron sputtering. The carbon content was varied with acetylene partial pressure in order to obtain single layer coatings with different a-C:H carbon phase fractions. The nanocrystalline Ti(N,C) phase is approximately stoichiometric for all coatings and the a-C:H phase fraction increases from 31 to 47 at.% as the coatings stoichiometry changed from TiC 1.34 N0.51 to TiC2.48 N0.48, respectively. TiC1.34 N0.51 coatings showed the highest nanoindentation hardness (H) of ∼ 14 GPa and a modulus (Er) of ∼ 144 GPa; H reduced to < 6 GPa and Er to < 70 GPa for TiC2.48 N0.48 coatings. nc-Ti(N,C)/a-C:H coatings are promising candidates for applications where better matching of the modulus between a relatively low modulus substrate, hard loading support layer and low modulus-high H/E ratio top layer is required. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Tsotsos, C., Baker, M. A., Polychronopoulou, K., Gibson, P. N., Giannakopoulos, K., Polycarpou, A. A., Böbel, K., & Rebholz, C.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • October 2010