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Title: Friction and wear behavior of plasma assisted chemical vapor deposited nanocomposites made of metal nanoparticles embedded in a hydrogenated amorphous carbon matrix
Authors: Pardo, A ×
Gómez-Aleixandre, C
Celis, Jean-Pierre
Buijnsters, Josephus Gerardus #
Issue Date: 25-Feb-2012
Publisher: Elsevier Sequoia
Series Title: Surface & Coatings Technology vol:206 issue:13 pages:3116-3124
Abstract: Nanocomposite coatings consisting of preformed silver or chromium nanoparticles embedded into a hydrogenated amorphous carbon matrix (a-C:H) were synthesized by Electron Cyclotron Resonance plasma assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (ECR-CVD). In a first step, the nanoparticles were distributed on silicon substrates by dipping in an ethanol suspension. In a second step, the ECR-CVD deposition of the a-C:H layer was done. The effect of the incorporation and the concentration on the friction and wear behavior was derived from unlubricated reciprocating sliding tests performed in ambient air. A decrease in the coefficient of friction, more intense with Cr incorporation, is induced by the preferential metal interaction with environment. In addition, for both metals, the coefficient of friction becomes lower as the metal concentration increases. A gradual increase in the coefficient of friction is detected for increasing the number of sliding cycles, which is attributed to the combined effect of surface smoothing and oxidation in the sliding contact. In conclusion, the valuable protective properties of the fullerene-like a-C:H coatings are enhanced by metal addition. As a consequence, a considerable reduction of the surface roughness and the volume loss in the wear tracks is especially noticeable for 10,000 cycles tests. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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ISSN: 0257-8972
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Sustainable Metals Processing and Recycling
Surface and Interface Engineered Materials
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