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Systematic analysis of coating-substrate interactions in the presence of flow localization

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-280
Number of pages17
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Localized deformation and cracking in a system of thermally sprayed hard metal coating overlaid on a low alloy steel is studied by means of bend testing. In-situ digital image correlation measurements are used to characterize material strain field near the coating/substrate interface. The studied substrate undergoes softening upon yielding which manifests itself as narrow bands of localized shear deformation. The measurements show that the coating cracks and the substrate shear bands interact. When the coating starts cracking during the elastic loading of the substrate, the formed cracks function as nucleation points for the shear bands. In contrast, if the coating resists cracking until the yielding of the substrate, the coating cracks and substrate shear bands form simultaneously. Based on the experiments, continuum-scale finite element model of the system is developed, validated and then used for a systematic numerical analysis of the effects of substrate shear banding on the measurement of coating properties. Based on the results of this work, three main effects can be identified. Firstly, the flow localization in the substrate can increase the measured apparent (macroscopic) surface strain of the coating, if not accounted for by using microscopic techniques. Secondly, substrate shear bands increase the interfacial loading, which may cause unexpected delamination of the coating and thus affect the evaluation of the interfacial strength. Finally, substrate shear bands affect the stress state within the coating and may thus affect the cracking morphology in the coating. Therefore, based on the results of this study, if the coating and interfacial strengths are of similar magnitude with the substrate yield strength, the possible tendency of the substrate towards flow localization should be taken into account in the analysis of the coating behavior.


  • Bending, Digital image correlation, Finite element method, Hard metal coating, Interfacial strength, Shear band

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