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Coating's applications: Assessment of coatings' brittleness by nano-impact tests

: Bouzakis, K.-D.; Skordaris, G.; Gerardis, S.; Bouzakis, E.

Pantelakis, S.:
3rd International Conference of Engineering Against Failure, ICEAF 2013. Conference proceedings. CD-ROM : 26 - 28 June 2013, Kos
Kos: University of Patras, Laboratory of Technology and Strength of Materials, 2013
ISBN: 978-960-88104-3-3
International Conference of Engineering Against Failure (ICEAF) <3, 2013, Kos>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer PCCM ()

In the described investigations, nano-impact tests were conducted on PVD film surfaces previously subjected to micro-blasting at different pressures for constant duration. Micro-blasting improves the film mechanical properties due to the induced residual compressive stresses into the coating structure. The film mechanical properties as well as the ratio of the film yield to rupture stress (SY/SM) grow up to a certain micro-blasting pressure. The augmentation of SY/SM ratio increases simultaneously the film brittleness. For analyzing the effect of the SY/SM ratio on the film brittleness, a multi-layer 3D-FEM model simulating the nano-impact test was developed, employing the LS-DYNA software package. The FEM calculated results converge sufficiently with the attained experimental ones. Based on these results, the film's failure initiation and evolution can be predicted depending on the SY/SM ratio of the individual film layers.