The Influence of the Temperature Increase on the Tribological Behavior of DLC Films by RF-PECVD
DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) films show very desirable surface interactions with high hardness, low friction coefficient, and good wear-resistance properties. The friction behavior of hydrogenated DLC film is dependent on tribological environment, especially surrounding temperature. In this work, the tribological behaviors of DLC (Diamond-like carbon) films, prepared by the radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RF-PECVD) method, were studied in elevated temperatures. The ball-on-disk tests with DLC films on steel specimens were conducted at a sliding speed of 60 rpm, a load of 10 N, and surrounding various temperatures of 25, 40, 55 and 75. The results show considerable dependency of DLC tribological parameters on temperature. The friction coefficient decreased as the surrounding temperature increased. After tests the wear tracks of hydrogenated DLC film were analyzed by optical microscope, scanning electron spectroscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The surface roughness and 3-D images of wear track were also obtained by an atomic force microscope (AFM).
Soon-Bok Lee and Yun-Jae Kim
Y. K. Cho et al., "The Influence of the Temperature Increase on the Tribological Behavior of DLC Films by RF-PECVD", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 326-328, pp. 301-304, 2006