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The nondestructive evaluation of the structural integrity of ceramic coatings presents a relevant importance as it characterizes the behaviour and durability of the cutting tip. A method is proposed for evaluating the quality by means of acoustic emission on WC-Co tips (1x1 cm) over which a thin film (8 µm) of titanium nitride (TiN) and carbon nitride (CN) was acquired using a physical vapour deposition (PVD) technique. The tips with and without defects have been subjected to thermal shock and their dynamic response has been investigated through acoustic emission. The response given by the tips presenting a good coating and the one presenting different kinds of imperfections can be utilized as a first attempt to discriminate, in a semi-quantitative way, the quality of the coating itself.

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Authors: BILLI F, JRC Ispra (IT);SANTULLI C, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Colloque International L'evolution des Materiaux pour Outils de Coupe, Saint Etienne (FR), November 13-14, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40227 ORA
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