3 years ago

Exploration of the Microstructure Space in TiAlZrN Ultra-Hard Nanostructured Coatings.

Vahid Attari, Aitor Cruzado, Raymundo Arroyave

Ti$_{1-x-y}$Al$_{x}$Zr$_{y}$N cubic alloys within the 25-70\% Al composition range have high age-hardening capabilities due to metastable phase transition pathways at high temperatures. They are thus ideal candidates for ultra-hard nano-coating materials. There is growing evidence that this effect is associated with the elasto-chemical field-induced phase separation into compositionally-segregated nanocrystaline nitride phases. Here, we studied the microstructural evolution in this pseudo-ternary system within spinodal regions at 1200 $^\circ$C by using an elasto-chemical phase field model. Our simulations indicate that elastic interactions between nitride nano-domains greatly affect not only the morphology of the microstructure but also the local chemical phase equilibria. In Al-rich regions of the composition space we further observe the onset of the transformation of AlN-rich phases into their equilibrium wurtzite crystal structure. This work points to a wide palette of microstructures potentially accessible to these nitride systems and their tailoring is likely to result in significant improvements in the performance of transition metal nitride-based coating materials.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1811.05017

DOI: arXiv:1811.05017v1

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