Formation and Characterization of the Quasicrystal Films
Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals powder was used to prepare the thin films on the surface of the A3 steel by the means of DMD-450 vacuum evaporation equipment. The thin films with different characterization were obtained through different parameters. The microstructures of the thin films were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Additionally, the nano-hardness and the modulus of the films are tested by MTS and Neophot micro-hardness meter. The results showed that the modulus of the films was about 160GPa. Nano hardness of the films was about 7.5 Gpa. The films consisted of CuAl2, AlCu3. The thickness and the micro-hardness of the films are improved. In same way, with the increase of the electric current, the thickness and the hardness of the films are also improved. Along with increase of the time and the electric current, the wear behavior of the films was improved. To some extent, the microstructure of films contained the quasicrystal phase of Al65Cu20Fe15.
Yafang Han et al.
X. Y. Zhou et al., "Formation and Characterization of the Quasicrystal Films", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 546-549, pp. 1699-1702, 2007