High temperature nanotribology of ultra-thin hydrogenated amorphous carbon coatings

Youfeng Zhang, Kyriaki Polychronopoulou, Mohammad Humood, Andreas A. Polycarpou

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The present study utilizes a high-temperature nano-mechanical system to perform shallow tribology experiments on an ultra-thin (3 nm) hydrogenated amorphous (a-C:H) coating at elevated temperatures up to 300 °C. The nano-scratch experiments (single scratch) provide in-situ measurement of the friction coefficient and material deformation of the carbon film. The nano-wear experiments (repeated scratches over an area) investigate the extent of wear under multiple scratches. The two groups of experiments reveal the temperature dependence of the tribological behavior of the coating. Raman analysis is performed to compare the chemical structure of the carbon film before and after heating. The spectrum reveals both the hydrogen and sp3 content of the carbon film decrease after the high-temperature experiments, which contribute to deterioration of the wear resistance of the coating.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)112-121
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Oct 2017


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