Robust coating technology through arc plasma control
|Coordinator||Linköpings universitet - Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||December 2017 - June 2019|
|Venture||Personal mobility between societal sectors|
Purpose and goal
Arc plasma characteristic near the substrate sets the prerequisites for coating quality, its properties and functionality, a detailed understanding of the same is crucial for coating quality. In-situ characterizations in both research and industrial level have demonstrated that particle in cell type computer simulations are needed to advance the technology. RoArc has been formulated to make steps towards a robust hard coating technology through theoretical modeling.
Expected results and effects
We have developed a generic software of kinetic simulations of plasma mediated thin film deposition using industrial boundary conditions. We have investigated the kinetic behavior and chemical and scattering reactions in Ti-Al-N plasma for the different ion species. The industrial exchange has pointed out an unexpected difficulty in developing a common language between academia and industry for discussing plasma properties. It has been achieved and it is considered as major results for future collaborations. Our results have been presented for FunMat-II competence center.
Planned approach and implementation
We utilized the complimentary expertise of SECO, Sandvik Coromant and Linköping University in describing and characterizing plasma. A theoretical understanding has been delivered to industry through the exchange visits. Seco and Sandvik Coromant has provided sufficient opportunities to understand the industrial needs and shared information to advance the software development.