TypeArticle
TitleEffect of mating materials on wear properties of amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) coating and tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) coating in base oil boundary lubrication condition
SourceJurnal Tribologi
AuthorXiang Li, Toshiya Sawaki, Hiroyuki Kousaka, Motoyuki Murashima, Noritsugu Umehara

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In this study, wear behavior of amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) coating and tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta- C) coating when sliding against various mating materials in base oil boundary lubrication condition is comparatively investigated to find out the optimal combinations of DLC/mating material and corresponding wear mechanism of both DLC coating. Tribological tests were performed in a cylinder-on-disc tribometer, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, Raman spectroscopy is used for characterization of ta-C and a-C:H worn surface. The results show that the specific wear rate of ta-C coating increases along with the hardness and roughness of mating material increases, while the specific wear rate of a-C:H coating increases together with an increment in the ID/Iratio. It is concluded that for ta- C coating, local stress concentration-induced microfracture is the main wear mechanism in relative high wear scenario, along with minor graphitization-induced wear which prevails in low wear scenario. On the other hand, a-C:H coating showed that simultaneous generation and removal of the graphitized layer on the contact surface is the predominant wear mechanism.


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