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Friction and endurance of MoS2/ta-C coatings produced by Laser Arc deposition

: Theiler, G.; Gradt, T.; Österle, W.; Brückner, A.; Weihnacht, V.


Wear 297 (2013), No.1-2, pp.791-801
ISSN: 0043-1648
ISSN: 1873-2577
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IWS ()
Laser Arc deposition; MoS 2 coatings; ta-C; vacuum

The tribological behaviour of MoS 2/ta-C double layer coatings deposited by Laser-Arc technology was investigated in vacuum and air. In vacuum environment, the friction coefficient against steel balls varies between 0.005 and 0.02 depending on the contact pressure. At high contact pressures, the friction coefficient is as low as 0.005 and the life time between 340,000 and 500,000 cycles. Furthermore, it is shown that a ta-C base layer improves the performance of MoS 2 coating. Surface analyses were performed before and after the tribological tests by means of SEM, EDX, XRD, and TEM. They show that in the top layer beneath the sliding surface crystallization of the initially quasi-amorphous MoS 2 took place. TEM images also verified an orientation of the basal MoS 2-lattice planes parallel t o the surface.