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Influence of Silicon on the Wear Properties of Amorphous Carbon Under Dry and Lubricated Conditions

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Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings have drawn much attention as potential surface coatings for engineering contacts because of their excellent friction and wear resistance properties. However, much less is known about their friction and wear mechanisms, especially at higher contact pressures. In this study, two amorphous carbon DLCs, with (a-C:Si) and without Si (a-C), have been investigated to understand the influence of Si on friction and wear under dry, base oil- and fully formulated oil-lubricated conditions. Si does not affect friction but significantly affects wear. a-C:Si shows lower wear than a-C but imparts higher wear on the steel counterpart. The steel counterpart that forms a hybrid tribolayer (transferred carbon from DLC + additive-derived tribofilm products) exhibits superior wear resistance properties.

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This work was funded by the Austrian COMET Programme (Project K2 XTribology, No. 824187) and carried out at the ‘Excellence Centre of Tribology’. The authors wish to thank Collini Applied Surface Intelligence, Evonik Industries AG Oil Additives, High Tech Coatings GmbH, Magna Powertrain AG & Co KG, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH for their financial support and active research cooperation. Also, the authors would like to thank Michael Schweitzer and Markus Premauer of AC2T research GmbH, Austria, for conducting SRV experiments and carrying out the optical profiler measurements, respectively.

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Vengudusamy, B., Grafl, A. & Preinfalk, K. Influence of Silicon on the Wear Properties of Amorphous Carbon Under Dry and Lubricated Conditions. Tribol Lett 53, 569–583 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11249-014-0295-2

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