Hard wear-resistant coatings with anisotropic thermal conductivity for high thermal load applications

P. H.Michael Böttger, Leonid Braginsky, Valery Shklover, Erik Lewin, Jörg Patscheider, David G. Cahill, Matthias Sobiech

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High thermal load applications such as high speed dry cutting lead to high temperatures in the coated tool substrate that can soften the tool and high temperature gradients that can put stress on the coating/tool interface. In this work, theoretical considerations are presented for multilayer and graded protective coatings that can induce a significant anisotropy in their thermal conductivity. Solution of the heat equation shows that anisotropy of thermal conductivity has the potential to reduce temperatures and temperature gradients arising due to brief, localized heat at the coating surface ("hot- spots"). Experimental realization of high anisotropy is demonstrated in TiN/AlCrN multilayer coatings with variable layer thickness. In the coating with 50nm bilayer periodicity, the highest anisotropy was obtained with a value of κ∥/κ⊥=3.0±0.9. Time-domain thermoreflectance is used to measure in-plane and cross-plane thermal conductivity of fabricated coatings. The observed high values of anisotropy of thermal conductivity are compared with theoretical predictions and its realisation is discussed with regard to the coating microstructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013507
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 7 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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