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EPSRC Reference: GR/L20986/01
Title: PREPARATION OF LOW FRICTION DIAMOND-LIKE CARBON- SILICON COATINGS
Principal Investigator: Robertson, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Milne, Professor WI Hutchings, Professor I Brown, Professor M
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Project Partners:
Teer Coatings Ltd
Department: Engineering
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 1996 Ends: 30 September 1999 Value (£): 176,192
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction
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A low wear, high hardness wide band gap coating of amorphous diamond-like carbon silicon alloy will be designed, prepared and characterised in terms of its bonding, mechanical and tribological properties. The addition of Si to diamond-like carbon greatly improves the adhesion of such coatings, by lowering their intrinsic stress, and extending the region of their low friction coefficient up to 60% humidity. The friction mechanism at low and high humidity will be deduced by study of the wear track by reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy.
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