Effect of Ti, Nb, and Ti + Nb Coatings on the Bond Strength-Structure Relationship in Al/Al2O3 Joints

  • Marzanna KsiazekEmail author
  • Maria Richert
  • Aam Tchorz
  • Lukasz Boron


There is a growing interest in metal-ceramic bonding for wide range of applications in electronic devices and high technology industry for fabrication of metal matrix composites and bonding of ceramic components to metals. The object of the work was to study the effect of Ti, Nb, and Ti + Nb thin films deposited by PVD method on alumina substrates on structure and bond strength properties of Al/Al2O3 joints. The joints were fabricated using the results of a wetting experiment and the sessile drop method at a temperature of 1223 K in a vacuum of 0.2 MPa for 30 min of contact. The structure of the metal/ceramic interface was investigated using scanning electron microscopy. The elemental distribution at the metal-ceramic interface was analyzed using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy was also used to investigate some aspects of the metal/ceramic interface. The bond strength properties of joints were measured using shear test. The shear strength results demonstrated significant improvement of shear strength of Al/Al2O3 joints due to the application of Ti + Nb thin film on alumina substrate. Microstructural investigations of the interface indicated that Al/coating/Al2O3 couples have diffusion transition interface which influences the strengthening of these joints. A conclusion could be drawn that the presence of thin film layers changes the character of interaction and leads to the formation of new reaction products in the bonding layer.


coatings joining surface engineering 



This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education under the project No. 3T08B04730.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marzanna Ksiazek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Richert
    • 2
  • Aam Tchorz
    • 1
  • Lukasz Boron
    • 1
  1. 1.Complex of Research Laboratories, Foundry Research InstituteKrakowPoland
  2. 2.University of Science and TechnologyKrakowPoland

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