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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Apr 2009|
|Event||14th International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces - Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland|
Duration: 29 Jun 2008 → 4 Jul 2008