Microstructure and tribology of laser mixed Fe/Ti/C multilayered films on AISI 304 stainless steel


An excimer laser was used to mix Fe/Ti/C multilayered films on 304 stainless steel substrates. The samples were processed at both 1.1 and 1.7 J/cm2 with the number of pulses at each position varied between 1 and 10. Composition, microstructure, phase evolution, and tribological properties were observed to correlate with total laser fluence. Increases in Fe concentration from substrate interdiffusion and loss of C content were observed with increasing total laser fluence. The best tribological properties were observed in films possessing a combination of an amorphous or Fe3C phase plus fine grain TiC following processing at low and intermediate total laser fluence. At higher total fluences a combination of α-Fe, Fe3C, and fine-grain TiC was observed along with degradation in the wear and friction properties. Under optimum laser processing conditions the modified surface had a friction coefficient under dry sliding conditions reduced by a factor of 2 relative to uncoated 304 stainless steel and was significantly more wear resistant. These improvements in wear and friction appear to be related to the reduced chemical reactivity of the amorphous and carbide phases and to the influence of microstructure on improved mechanical properties.

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Nastasi, M., Hirvonen, JP., Zocco, T.G. et al. Microstructure and tribology of laser mixed Fe/Ti/C multilayered films on AISI 304 stainless steel. Journal of Materials Research 5, 1207–1214 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1557/JMR.1990.1207

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