Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2008.01.012
Title: DLC and UHMWPE as hard/soft composite film on Si for improved tribological performance
Authors: Minn, M. 
Sinha, S.K. 
Keywords: Composite film
DLC
Friction and wear
Hardness
UHMWPE
Issue Date: 25-Apr-2008
Source: Minn, M., Sinha, S.K. (2008-04-25). DLC and UHMWPE as hard/soft composite film on Si for improved tribological performance. Surface and Coatings Technology 202 (15) : 3698-3708. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2008.01.012
Abstract: The main purpose of this study is to explore the advantages of using a composite thin film of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) on a hard diamond like carbon (DLC) coating deposited on Si, for high wear life and low coefficient of friction. The experiments are carried out using a ball-on-disc tribometer at a constant linear speed of 0.052 m/s. A 4 mm diameter silicon nitride ball with a normal load of 40 mN is used as the counterface. The tribological results are discussed on the basis of hardness, elastic modulus, contact area, contact pressure and optical images of surface films. As a result of higher load carrying capacity (high hardness and elastic modulus), the wear life of Si/DLC/UHMWPE coated layer is approximately five times greater than that of Si/UHMWPE. Looking at the film thickness effect, UHMWPE film shows maximum wear resistance when the film is of optimum thickness (6.2 μm-12.3 μm) on DLC. Wear mechanisms of different UHMWPE thicknesses for Si/DLC/UHMWPE film are explained using optical microscopy of worn surfaces. Further, the use of perfluoropolyether (PFPE) ultra-thin film as the top layer on the composite coatings reduces the coefficient of friction to very low values (0.06-0.07) and increases the wear life of the films by several folds. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Surface and Coatings Technology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/59980
ISSN: 02578972
DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2008.01.012
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