Structure and polarization properties of Zn-Nb films formed on steel sheet by sputtering

Hiroshi Kuboyama, Hiroaki Nakano, Satoshi Oue, Hisaaki Fukushima, Masataka Masuda, Shunichi Hashimoto

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Zn-Nb films were formed on a steel sheet by helicon plasma sputtering in an argon gas atmosphere at 1.0 Pa, at RF power of 50 W and DC power of 50 mA. The structure and polarization properties of these films were studied using EPMA, X-ray diffraction and polarization curve measurements. Zn plate-like crystals in Zn-Nb films decreased with increasing Nb content, resulting in a smooth surface over the entire film at Nb content of 30 mass% and above. The preferred orientation plane of Zn plate-like crystals was (0002) at 0 mass% Nb, while the orientation indices of (101̄1) and (101̄0)Zn increased with rising Nb content. At 30-60 mass% Nb, the X-ray diffraction spectra showed a halo pattern characteristic of an amorphous structure. The corrosion current of Zn-Nb films, which was determined by polarization curves in 3% NaCl solution, decreased with increasing Nb content to reach a minimum value at 30-60 mass% Nb, corresponding to an amorphous structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1205-1209
Number of pages5
Journalisij international
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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