1. bookVolume 38 (2020): Issue 1 (March 2020)
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Nanocharacterization of metallic thin films deposited on different substrates

Published Online: 08 May 2020
Volume & Issue: Volume 38 (2020) - Issue 1 (March 2020)
Page range: 8 - 16
Received: 19 Nov 2016
Accepted: 23 Apr 2019
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2083-134X
First Published
16 Apr 2011
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4 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of different substrates (C45 steel, polycarbonate, glass) on the topography as well as tribological and mechanical properties (nanohardness, modulus of elasticity and friction force) of aluminum, gold and silver thin films. The 3D image analysis showed a strong influence of the substrate material on the topography of the studied thin films with no certain variation rule. Using the Oliver and Pharr method for determining nanohardness it was observed that, the smallest values were obtained for the thin films deposited on plastic substrate, followed by glass and C45 steel, regardless of the deposited material. The determination of the modulus of elasticity was done using the Hertzian method. The obtained results showed that the highest values of this parameter were obtained for the films deposited on plastic substrate, while the lowest values depended on both the deposited material and substrate. Friction force analysis for aluminum and gold showed a significant impact of the substrate material, with more constant values for gold. As a consequence, one must pay a particular attention when choosing the material for the substrate on which the thin films are deposited.

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