Friction reduction by texturing of DLC coatings sliding against steel under oil lubrication

Jari Koskinen, Unto Tapper, Peter Andersson, Simo Varjus, Jukka Kolehmainen, Sanna Tervakangas, Wolfgang Buss

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    It has been demonstrated that tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) films provide excellent wear and friction properties in dry sliding. Recently the applications of ta-C coatings in lubricated conditions have become more important. The use of carbon coatings aims at reducing the wear and coefficient of friction under minimum lubrication and without hazardous lubricant additives. For optimum tribological performance, a modification of the ta-C coated surfaces is required. The present paper describes an innovative method of coated surface texturing, by which nanometer and micrometer size pores are processed by various methods. Particle masking was used for processing micrometer size pores and for controlling the coating growth conditions in order to produce nanometer size pores in the ta-C surface. The masking by particles yielded a pore geometry which varied from complex shaped channels to small individual pores. The texturing was performed by distributing metallic powder particles on the surface or by direct chemical deposition of metal particles on the substrate in prior to pulsed vacuum arc deposition. The tribological characterization was carried out by applying reciprocating friction tests with controlled lubricant replenishment, in order to simulate metal forming processes. The friction reducing effect, which was observed in the tribological tests, indicated a microlubrication effect of the textured coating surfaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    EventAsian-European International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering, AEPSE 2009 - Busan, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
    Duration: 20 Sept 200925 Sept 2009


    ConferenceAsian-European International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering, AEPSE 2009
    Abbreviated titleAEPSE 2009
    Country/TerritoryKorea, Democratic People's Republic of


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