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Influence of Glassy Carbon Surface Finishing on its Wear Behavior during Precision Glass Moulding of Fused Silica

: Grunwald, Tim; Wilhelm, Dennis Patrick; Dambon, Olaf; Bergs, Thomas

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Created on: 2.4.2019

Materials 12 (2019), No.5, Art. 692, 21 pp.
ISSN: 1996-1944
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IPT ()
glassy carbon; surface finishing; polishing; precision glass moulding; fused silica; white light interferometry; atomic force microscopy; wear; adhesion

Laser technology has a rising demand for high precision Fused Silica components. Precision Glass Moulding (PGM) is a technology that can fulfil the given demands in efficiency and scalability. Due to the elevated process temperatures of almost 1400 C and the high mechanical load, Glassy Carbon was qualified as an appropriate forming tool material for the moulding of Fused Silica. Former studies revealed that the tools surface finishing has an important influence on wear behaviour. This paper deals with investigation and analysis of surface preparation processes of Glassy Carbon moulds. In order to fulfil standards for high precision optics, the finishing results will be characterised by sophisticated surface description parameters used in the optics industry. Later on, the mould performance, in terms of wear resistance, is tested in extended moulding experiments. Correlations between the surface finish of the Glassy Carbon tools and their service lifetime are traced back to fundamental physical circumstances and conclusions for an optimal surface treatment are drawn.