Assessment of the mechanical properties on PVD coatings using scratch and indentation tests.
In manufacturing industry many tools are protected by coatings to increase tool life and productivity. It is only logical that mechanical properties of the coating will affect its performance. Therefore, it is essential to characterise the coating and understand its properties to tailor it for a specific application. These properties might be assessed with different characterisation methods such as scratch test and indentation. The objective of this study is to provide coating characterization for the partner organization and develop a standard procedure to assess coating properties. This will help the partner organization to optimise and develop coatings and keep track of quality.