An RF-sputtered chrome oxide coating with metallic binders was developed. The chrome oxide coating has high-temperature capabilities and is wear resistant, and has some self-lubricating properties. A nichrome metallic binder was added in the coating to improve its ductility without significant loss in the hardness. The sputtering parameters were optimized to obtain a smooth coating with the maximum adherence. The coatings were applied using bias-sputter and sputter-deposit modes on the heat treated and annealed foil substrates. The coating applied on annealed foils using the sputter-deposit mode was smooth and had the best adherence. Metallurgical examinations showed that the coating was Ni-Cr + Cr2O3. The coating as applied was amorphous and it crystallized during substrate heat treatment.

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