Structure and tribological performance of diamond-like carbon based coatings for aerospace component processing

S. Podgoric, B. J. Jones, R. Bulpett, J. Franks, G. Troisi

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This work examines diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) as an environmentally friendly alternative to chromium plating in restoration of worn or damaged aircraft components. DLC coatings offer superior mechanical properties; however, high internal stresses and poor adhesion can prevent the deposition of thick films. This work examines a series of layered structures based on epoxy-resin interlayers with DLC applied as a surface film. Wear testing and examination with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy lead to the development of an optimum DLC/epoxy system with wear characteristics superior to those of chromium-plated steel. This new coating system has a great potential in restoring aircraft components in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-464
Number of pages6
Journale-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces - Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 29 Jun 20084 Jul 2008


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