Diffusion of Critical Elements in Steel during Thermal Treatments in a Diamond Chemical Vapour Deposition Atmosphere
In this study, it will be investigated the diffusion of critical elements, namely, carbon (C) and iron (Fe), into a steel substrate (Impax Supreme) during the diamond chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process. The substrate temperature was varied from 700 to 850°C by plasma power manipulations to enable the correlation of substrate temperature with diffusion length and depth of the above mentioned critical elements into steel during film growth conditions. Methane concentration is also a parameter which has been considered during the parametric analysis. The crystalline compounds formed during the diamond growth process are studied using XRD analysis. In addition, SIMS technique is used with depth profiling to monitor the diffusion of elements during the process. The results obtained enabled to improve traditional understanding about the mechanisms relating to diamond deposition on steel substrates using CVD processes.
Andreas Öchsner and José Grácio
V.F. Neto et al., "Diffusion of Critical Elements in Steel during Thermal Treatments in a Diamond Chemical Vapour Deposition Atmosphere", Defect and Diffusion Forum, Vols. 258-260, pp. 270-275, 2006