1Young Researchers and Elite Club, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran
2Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran
In this research, novel functionally graded Ni-P coating was deposited with electroless process. The content of phosphorus was controlled to change gradual through the thickness of the coating. During the plating, bath temperature and pH were changed at specified intervals to obtain functionally graded structure. To compare the properties of functionally graded coating with Ni-P single-layer coatings, three types of coatings with different phosphorus contents were also deposited. Microstructure and phase composition of coatings were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). The mechanical properties and tribological behavior of coatings were also investigated. Low phosphorus and medium phosphorus single-layer coatings had fully crystalline and amorphous-crystalline structures, respectively. While high phosphorus coating appeared to have a fully amorphous structure. TEM images showed that low phosphorus coating had nano-crystalline structure. Results of nano-indentation test showed gradual changes in hardness profile in cross-section of functionally graded coating due to the gradual changes of phosphorus content in the thickness of this coating. According to the wear test data, medium phosphorus coating had minimum wear resistance. Functionally graded coatings had better wear resistance than single-layer coatings.
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