Tribology Letters

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 51–55

Effect of Humidity on the Tribological Properties of Carbide-Derived Carbon (CDC) Films on Silicon Carbide

  • B. Carroll
  • Y. Gogotsi
  • A. Kovalchenko
  • A. Erdemir
  • M.J. McNallan


The effect of humidity on the tribological behavior of carbide-derived carbon (CDC) films prepared by high-temperature chlorination of silicon carbide was examined. Pin-on-disk tribological tests indicate that CDC, unlike graphite or glassy carbon, performs better in dry nitrogen (less than 0.05 friction coefficient at 0% humidity) than in humid air. This versatility is explained by the onion-like structure of the nanoporous CDC coating.

carbon tribology humidity coatings dry friction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Carroll
    • 1
  • Y. Gogotsi
    • 1
  • A. Kovalchenko
    • 2
  • A. Erdemir
    • 2
  • M.J. McNallan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Materials EngineeringDrexel UniversityPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Energy Technology DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryArgonne
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Materials EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicago

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