Tribological performance of amorphous carbon films prepared on steel substrates with carbon implantation pre-treatment

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-373
Journal / PublicationWear
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004


The paper discusses the tribological performance of amorphous carbon films deposited on steel substrates with the pre-treatment of carbon ion implantation. Prior to deposition, the steel substrates were implanted with a metal vapour vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion source in order to create a carbon composition gradient layer on the surface. Subsequently, non-hydrogenated amorphous carbon films were prepared by a closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering ion plating (CFUBMSIP) technique. The tribological tests using a conventional ball-on-disk tribometry showed that the films exhibited excellent performance during dry sliding. Low friction coefficients (x or Cr interlayers failed at the very beginning of the sliding. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Amorphous carbon film, Ball-on-disk, Closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering ion plating, Friction, Ion implantation, Wear resistance