Comparison of tribological and electrochemical properties of TiN, CrN, TiAlN and a-C:H coatings in simulated body fluid

Qianzhi Wang, Fei Zhou, Chundong Wang, Muk Fung Yuen, Meiling Wang, Tao Qian, Mitsuhiro Matsumoto, Jiwang Yan

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Abstract

TiN, CrN, TiAlN and a-C:H coatings have been used for wear reduction, but a thorough comparison of their erosion and abrasion characteristics in simulated body fluid (SBF) has never been reported in existent literature. In this study, the tribological and electrochemical performance of these coatings in SBF was investigated and compared. As a result, the TiAlN coating presented the worst tribological and electrochemical properties because of abundant products from hydration. On the contrary, due to the generation of a favorable tribochemical product (Cr2O3), the CrN coating exhibited superior characteristics of tribology and electrochemistry. The a-C:H coating also showed outstanding corrosion resistance, but premature delamination occurred in aqueous environment which might limit its application. Thus, the CrN coating was found to be the most favorable protection coating in SBF from a comprehensive viewpoint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Volume158
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 5

Keywords

  • Amorphous materials
  • Electrochemical properties
  • Nitrides
  • Thin films
  • Tribology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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