Dynamic study of a sliding interface wear process of TiAlN and CrN multi-layers by X-ray absorption

Inge Lise Rasmussen, M. Guibert, M. Belin, N.J. Mikkelsen, Henrik Chresten Pedersen, R. Feidenhans'l

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Wear of surfaces is a complicated sequence of dynamic processes, which occurs not only on the coating surface, but also throughout the coated layer and at the interfaces. The induced degradation may lead to structural changes in crystallinity, to amorphization and also to possible tribochemical reactions at the interface. The basic physical and chemical processes on the nano-scale are, however, not yet known fully. Thus, the work presented here is a contribution to the knowledge of the area. The main objectives of this dynamical investigation are to show that real time and in-situ tribology studies of hard coatings by SR are possible and that the tribological wear of a multi-layer system can be monitored with an embedded CrN marker layer. This was achieved by keeping the SR energy on the chromium K-edge energy (close to 6 keV), while a drop in absorption was monitored. The absorption drop indicates the marker layer is worn off and thus the wear process finished. The measurements of the wear during the sliding interface wear experiments were performed in-situ, with a special portable tribo-meter designed and build at Laboratory of Tribologi and System Dynamics, Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France. The contact under investigation (TiAlN/CrN/TiAlN (2000nm/1000nm/2000nm) multi-layer system) was exposed to a reciprocating sliding motion under a normal load. Simultaneously, the contact zone was submitted to a direct, focused and monochromatic SR photon beam. In this way we have studied the effects of tribological wear process of TiAlN and CrN on vitreous carbon.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventNordic Meeting for the Physical Societies - Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


ConferenceNordic Meeting for the Physical Societies
CityKgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Period01/01/2009 → …


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