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Delamination of thin coatings at scratching: experiments and numerics

Fredrik Wredenberg and Per-Lennart Larsson

Vol. 4 (2009), No. 6, 1041–1062

Scratching of thin coatings on hard substrates is studied experimentally and numerically, in the latter case by use of the finite element method. In particular the delamination behaviour at scratching, by increasing the normal load up to failure, is of interest. The adhesion of the coating to the substrate is modelled as a cohesive zone where relevant model parameters are determined experimentally using the double cantilever beam test with uneven bending moments (DCB-UBM). Good correlation between experimental and numerical results were achieved and the most important finding confirms the fact that the delamination behaviour was very much dependent on the critical energy release rate of the film/substrate interface. The results achieved are directly relevant for thin film polymer coatings but can also be applied in more general situations as a comprehensive parameter study is performed using the finite element method.

scratching, finite element analysis, contact, delamination, cohesive zone, adhesion, thin film
Received: 4 November 2008
Revised: 12 March 2009
Accepted: 2 June 2009
Published: 14 September 2009
Fredrik Wredenberg
KTH Solid Mechanics
Royal Institute of Technology
10044 Stockholm
Per-Lennart Larsson
KTH Solid Mechanics
Royal Institute of Technology
10044 Stockholm