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Tribological investigation of silicon-modified DLC coatings for the dry forming of aluminium alloys

: Abraham, T.; Bräuer, G.; Kretz, F.; Groche, P.

Bobzin, K.:
12th International Conference THe "A" Coatings 2016 : Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools Hannover, March 31st-April 1st, 2016; Proceedings
Garbsen: TEWISS, 2016 (Berichte aus dem IFW 2016, 3)
ISBN: 978-3-95900-072-7
ISBN: 3-95900-072-3
International Conference THe "A" Coatings <12, 2016, Hannover>
Fraunhofer IST ()
coatings; DLC; aluminium; wear; friction; dry forming

Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings are known to reduce friction and wear. In a dry contact with steel the tribological behavior can be further optimized by adding a certain concentration of silicon to the amorphous hydrogenated carbon coatings structure (a-C:H:Si). However, in a dry contact with aluminium the tribological performance of a-C:H:Si coatings and the optimal silicon concentration is still unknown. In order to define an optimum regarding the silicon concentration, a-C:H:Si-coatings with different silicon contents were deposited on 1.2379 tool material by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) technology. Tribometer tests wree used to analyze the friction and adhesive wear behavior against EN AW 5083 aluminium. Additional, strip drawing were conducted tests to investigate the efficiency of the different silicon contents with a higher proximity to industrial processes. The tests showed a deteriorating friction bahavior of the a-C:H:Si coatings with an increase of the silicon concentration. Superposing wear mechanisms between the silicon and the aluminium were determined by a subsequent investigation of the wear tracks as an explantation for the tribological behavior.