Uniform diamond coatings on WC-Co hard alloy cutting inserts deposited by a microwave plasma CVD

15 Mar 2017  ·  Ashkihazi E. E., Sedov V. S., Sovyk D. N., Khomich A. A., Bolshakov A. P., Ryzhkov S. G., Khomich A. V., Vinogradov D. V., Ralchenko V. G., Konov V. I. ·

Polycrystalline diamond coatings have been grown on cemented carbide substrates with different aspect ratios by a microwave plasma CVD in methane-hydrogen gas mixtures. To protect the edges of the substrates from non-uniform heating due to the plasma edge effect, a special plateholder with pockets for group growth has been used... The difference in heights of the substrates and plateholder, and its influence on the diamond film mean grain size, growth rate, phase composition and stress was investigated. The substrate temperature range, within which uniform diamond films are produced with good adhesion, is determined. The diamond-coated cutting inserts produced at optimized process exhibited a reduction of cutting force and wear resistance by a factor of two, and cutting efficiency increase by 4.3 times upon turning A390 Al-Si alloy as compared to performance of uncoated tools. read more

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