Reactivity classification in saline solution of magnetron sputtered or EBPVD pure metallic, nitride and Al-based alloy coatings
In this study, various metallic or nitride coatings elaborated by Electron Beam Physical Vapour Deposition (EBPVD) or magnetron sputtering techniques are characterised in terms of mechanical properties and corrosion behaviour in saline solution. The incorporation of transition metals permits to modify the mechanical or physico-chemical characteristics of aluminium coatings, so several alloying elements are compared. These alloys are also compared with pure metallic coatings and/or coatings synthesized by reactive magnetron sputtering. Evolution of microstructure of the Al based coatings was discussed versus the alloying element content. Different compositions of alloys were examined. This paper presents the synthesis of the main tendency reported during the evaluation of the mechanical and corrosion proper- ties of these alloys. The objective is to build a reactivity classification in saline solution of several Al based coatings synthe- sized by vacuum deposition techniques. Combined with the classification of mechanical properties, these standards would become relevant guides in the choice of PVD coatings and/or alloys for applications exposed to saline environments. In our study, this guide is helpful in the synthesis of nanometric multi- layer architectures, which proves to be a promising way to combine improved mechanical properties with sacrificial character for the future coating configurations.