Tong Chen, Li-hua Yu, and Jun-hua Xu, Influence of Ag content on the microstructure, mechanical, and tribological properties of TaVN-Ag films, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater., 25(2018), No. 1, pp. 110-115. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-018-1553-3
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Tong Chen, Li-hua Yu, and Jun-hua Xu, Influence of Ag content on the microstructure, mechanical, and tribological properties of TaVN-Ag films, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater., 25(2018), No. 1, pp. 110-115. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-018-1553-3
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Influence of Ag content on the microstructure, mechanical, and tribological properties of TaVN-Ag films

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    Li-hua Yu    E-mail: lhyu6@just.edu.cn

  • Received: 21 April 2017Revised: 3 August 2017Accepted: 9 August 2017
  • A series of TaVN-Ag nanocomposite films were deposited using a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering system. The microstructure, mechanical properties, and tribological performance of the films were investigated. The results showed that TaVN-Ag films were composed of face-centered cubic (fcc) TaVN and fcc-Ag. With increasing Ag content, the hardness of TaVN-Ag composite films first increased and then decreased rapidly. The maximum hardness value was 31.4 GPa. At room temperature, the coefficient of friction (COF) of TaVN-Ag films decreased from 0.76 to 0.60 with increasing Ag content from 0 to 7.93at%. For the TaVN-Ag films with 7.93at% Ag, COF first increased and then decreased rapidly from 0.60 at 25℃ to 0.35 at 600℃, whereas the wear rate of the film increased continuously from 3.91×10-7 to 19.1×10-7 mm3/(N·mm). The COF of the TaVN-Ag film with 7.93at% Ag was lower than that of the TaVN film, and their wear rates showed opposite trends with increasing temperature.
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