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Vladimir Jesus Trava-Airoldi, Gil Capote, Luis Francisco Bonetti, Fern Fern, Jesum es, Bl Bl, Eduardo o, Roberto Huebler, Polyana Alves Radi, Lucia Vieira Santos, Evaldo Jose Corat

Deposition of Hard and Adherent Diamond-Like Carbon Films Inside Steel Tubes Using a Pulsed-DC Discharge

Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 9 (2009) 3891-3897

A new, low cost, pulsed-DC plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system that uses a bipolar, pulsed power supply was designed and tested to evaluate its capacity to produce quality diamondlike carbon films on the inner surface of steel tubes. The main focus of the study was to attain films with low friction coefficients, low total stress, a high degree of hardness, and very good adherence to the inner surface of long metallic tubes at a reasonable growth rate. In order to enhance the diamond-like carbon coating adhesion to metallic surfaces, four steps were used: (1) argon ion sputtering; (2) plasma nitriding; (3) a thin amorphous silicon interlayer deposition, using silane as the precursor gas; and (4) diamond-like carbon film deposition using methane atmosphere. This paper presents various test results as functions of the methane gas pressure and of the coaxial metal anode diameter, where the pulsed-DC voltage constant is kept constant. The influence of the coaxial metal anode diameter and of the methane gas pressure is also demonstrated. The results obtained showed the possibilities of using these DLC coatings for reduced friction and to harden inner surface of the steel tubes.

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