This research investigates the enhancement of the tribological properties of various thermally-sprayed coatings (APS Ni–50Cr, APS Al2O3–13%TiO2 and HVOF WC–17Co) on steel substrate, achieved through the deposition of a thin DLC-based film. Higher adhesive strength betweenthin films and thermally-sprayed coatings compared to the simple thin film/carbon steel system was found by scratch testing. Dry sliding ball-ondisktests performed under lower contact pressure conditions (5 N normal load, 6 mm diameter alumina ball) indicated a significant decrease inwear rates and friction coefficients of thermally-sprayed coatings when the thin DLC-based film is employed; little differences exist between thetribological behaviour of the various thin film/thermal spray coating systems and that of DLC-based film on carbon steel. Under higher contactpressure conditions (10 N normal load, 3 mm diameter alumina ball), the thin film/WC–Co system exhibited the best wear performance. Theseresults indicate the superior tribological performance of DLC/thermal spray coating systems, especially under severe contact conditions.
Enhanced tribological properties of PECVD DLC coated thermally sprayed coatings / Bolelli, G.; Lusvarghi, Luca; PIGHETTI MANTINI, F.; Pitacco, F.; Volz, H.. - In: SURFACE & COATINGS TECHNOLOGY. - ISSN 0257-8972. - STAMPA. - 202:18(2008), pp. 4382-4386. [10.1016/j.surfcoat.2008.04.013]