Compatibility of DLC coatings with formulated oils

B. Podgornik, M. Sedlaček, J. Vižintin

Tribology International 41 (2008) 564–570.

Abstract

In the present study, the tribological performance and compatibility of hydrogenated amorphous carbon coating (a-C:H) and metal-doped diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating (Me-C:H) with formulated oils under the boundary lubrication regime was investigated. The investigation employed ball-on-flat contact geometry in reciprocating sliding motion and six formulated oils (manual gearbox oil, automatic gearbox oil, hydraulic oil, compressor oil, andnormal and high performance motor oil), with pure poly-alpha-olefin (PAO) oil used as a reference. In addition, DLC coatings behavior in diesel and gasoline fuel was evaluated. Compared with the uncoated steel surfaces a-C:H coatings give improved wear resistance in base PAO as well as in fully formulated oils and fuels. On the other hand, W-doped DLC coatings show the lowest steady-state friction under boundary lubrication, especially when using oils with high additive contents.

Keywords: formulated oils, obraba, DLC prevleke, tribologija, trenje, mazanje, friction, DLC coatings, boundary lubrication

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.triboint.2007.12.004

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