, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 210–221 | Cite as

The friction of diamond-like carbon coatings in a water environment

  • D. C. SuttonEmail author
  • G. Limbert
  • D. Stewart
  • R. J. K. Wood
Open Access
Review Article


Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings are known to provide beneficial mechanical and tribological properties in harsh environments. Their combination of high wear resistance and low friction has led to their extensive use in any number of industries. The tribological performance of a DLC coating is varied however, and the frictional response is known to be strongly dependent on the surrounding environment, as well as the material composition and bonding structure of the DLC coating. This paper presents an up-to-date review on the friction of DLC coatings in a water environment, with a special focus on transfer layer formation and tribochemistry.


friction diamond-like carbon (DLC) water transfer layer tribochemistry review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. C. Sutton
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Limbert
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. Stewart
    • 3
  • R. J. K. Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and the EnvironmentUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Bioengineering Science Research Group, Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and the EnvironmentUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  3. 3.Materials, Chemistry and CorrosionRolls-Royce, DerbyUK

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