Effects of the pretreatment of a cemented carbide surface on its properties and on the properties of diamond coatings deposited by oxygen-acetylene flame CVD
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The influence of the pretreatment of the WC (6% Co) surface on its properties (i.e. roughness, grain size and chemical composition) and on the properties of flame-deposited coatings have been studied. The surface treatments included the action of an oxidizing oxygen/acetylene flame at 1000 degrees C, scratching with diamond particles (14-20 mu m), mixture with iron ( LT 45 mu m) in an ultrasound bath, and seeding with a nm-sized diamond suspension. An acid treatment was included in the pretreatment sequence. It is found that the oxidizing flame and the seeding decrease the surface roughness of the substrate as well as the diamond coatings, at the same time increasing the adhesion of the coating. Ultrasound scratching with the diamond/iron suspension increases the roughness of both the substrate and the diamond coating and decreases the adhesion of the coating. Scratching with diamond particles shows a similar but lesser effect. Except for scratching with diamond, all the surface pretre...atment procedures lead to an increase in the density of diamond particles: this increase is greatest for seeding. Our results indicate that good adhesion and a small surface roughness are best obtained by the use of an oxidizing flame followed by acid treatment and seeding with nanoparticles. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science S.A. All rights reserved.
Keywords:diamond / cemented carbide / surface pretreatment / combustion flame
Source:Diamond and Related Materials, 1999, 8, 2-5, 207-210
- 9th European Conference on Diamond, Diamond-like Materials, Nitrides and Silicon Carbide (Diamond 1998), Sep 13-18, 1998, Iraklion, Greece