Nano-impact testing of TiFeN and TiFeMoN films for dynamic toughness evaluation

B. D. Beake, V. M. Vishnyakov, J. S. Colligon

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TiFeN and TiFeMoN films were deposited on silicon wafers by ion-beam-assisted deposition. Their mechanical properties were measured by nanoindentation (quasi-static) and nano-impact (dynamic) techniques. Nano-impact testing enabled assessment of their toughness and resistance to fatigue fracture under repetitive loading. At low impact forces, films with a higher resistance to plastic deformation (H3/E2) were much more resistant to the formation of cracks throughout the test. At higher impact forces, these films initially show impact resistance but with continued impacts they are unable to protect the Si substrate, performing as poorly as films with lower H3/E2 and suffer delamination from the Si substrate over a large area.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085301
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number8
Early online date8 Feb 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


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