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Thin Films and Coatings

Toughening and Toughness Characterization, 1st Edition

Edited by Sam Zhang

CRC Press

624 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 455 B/W Illus.

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Thin Films and Coatings: Toughening and Toughness Characterization captures the latest developments in the toughening of hard coatings and in the measurement of the toughness of thin films and coatings. Featuring chapters contributed by experts from Australia, China, Czech Republic, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom, this book:

  • Presents the current status of hard-yet-tough ceramic coatings
  • Reviews various toughness evaluation methods for films and hard coatings
  • Explores the toughness and toughening mechanisms of porous thin films and laser-treated surfaces
  • Examines adhesions of the film/substrate interface and the characterization of coating adhesion strength
  • Discusses nanoindentation determination of fracture toughness, resistance to cracking, and sliding contact fracture phenomena

Toughening and toughness measurement (of films and coatings) are two related, yet separate, fields of great importance in today’s nanotechnology world. Thin Films and Coatings: Toughening and Toughness Characterization is a timely reference written in such a way that novices will find it a stepping stone to the field and veterans will find it a rich source of information for their research.


"As the first of its kind, this book is a valuable reference for toughness and toughening of hard coatings. I strongly recommend this book to research students and industrial R&D engineers interested in understanding and developing hard-yet-tough coatings. It is also a good source of information for materials science students to find ample examples of how fundamental understandings are applied to develop better materials."

—Zhong Chen, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

"… an original, timely, and critical handbook for researchers and industry to refer to, and for newcomers to learn from. The contents of the book are contributed by experts in this field from all over the world."

—Richard Fu, Reader, Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Table of Contents

Series Statement




Present Status of Hard-Yet-Tough Ceramic Coatings

Yu Xi Wang and Sam Zhang

Toughness Evaluation of Thin Hard Coatings and Films

Xiaomin Zhang, Sam Zhang, and Ben D. Beake

Nanoindentation for Fracture Toughness of Coatings

Jinju Chen

Toughness and Toughening Mechanisms of Porous Thin Films

Yanan Xu, Mingchao Wang, and Cheng Yan

Toughness of Laser-Treated Surface Layers Obtained by Alloying and Feeding of Ceramic Powders

Tomasz Tański and Krzysztof Labisz

Interfacial Adhesion of Film/Substrate System Characterized By Nanoindentation

Mingyuan Lu and Han Huang

Advanced Hard Coatings with Enhanced Toughness and Resistance to Cracking

Jindrich Musil

Characterization of Coating Adhesion Strength

Kun Zhou, Zhaoxiang Chen, and Hsin Jen Hoh

Sliding-Contact Fracture of Brittle Layers

Oscar Borrero-Lopez and Mark Hoffman


About the Editor


Sam Zhang

Singapore , Singapore , Singapore

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Sam Zhang holds a Ph.D in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and is a tenured full professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Professor Zhang was conferred the title of Honorary Professor of the Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Anhui. He also holds guest professorships at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China and Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Professor Zhang is the founding editor-in-chief of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters and principal editor of Journal of Materials Research. He has authored/coauthored 11 books, more than 20 book chapters, and 290+ peer-reviewed international journal articles. In addition, he has guest-edited more than 10 journal volumes. As of April 30, 2015, Professor Zhang’s articles have been cited more than 4952 times and his h-index is 39. A popular invited lecturer, he is the founder and chair of the biennial International Conference on Technological Advances of Thin Films & Surface Coatings conference series, the founding president of the Thin Films Society, and was a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK. He was featured in the first ever Who’s Who in Engineering Singapore, and in the 26th and 27th editions of Who’s Who in the World.

About the Series

Advances in Materials Science and Engineering

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SCIENCE / Mechanics / General