Atom probe tomography of a Ti-Si-Al-C-N coating grown on a cemented carbide substrate
Journal article, 2015
The elemental distribution within a Ti-Si-Al-C-N coating grown by physical vapour deposition on a Crdoped WC-Co cemented carbide substrate has been investigated by atom probe tomography. Special attention was paid to the coating/substrate interface region. The results indicated a diffusion of substrate binder phase elements into the Ti-N adhesion layer. The composition of this layer, and the Ti-Al-N interlayer present between the adhesion layer and the main Ti-Si-Al-C-N layer, appeared to be sub-stoichiometric. The analysis of the interlayer showed the presence of internal surfaces, possibly grain boundaries, depleted in Al. The composition of the main Ti-Al-Si-C-N layer varied periodically in the growth direction; layers enriched in Ti appeared with a periodicity of around 30 nm. Laser pulsing resulted in a good mass resolution that made it possible to distinguish between N+ and Si2+ at 14 Da.
Cemented carbide cutting tools
Physical vapour deposition
Atom probe tomography