Electrical and tribological characteristics of copper containing diamond-like carbon nanocomposite coating on brass substrate sliding against brass ball

Ryoichi Hombo, Takanori Takeno, Julien Fontaine, Hiroyuki Miki, Naoki Kato, Takahiro Nozu, Naruhiko Inayoshi, Michel Belin, Toshiyuki Takagi

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Abstract

With the market growth of electrical and hybrid vehicles, demands for innovative technology on sliding contacts for vehicles have been increasing. Reducing the electrical contact resistance and the coefficient of friction are major technological requirements. This report provides electrical and tribological characteristics of a Copper containing Diamond-like Carbon (Cu-DLC) nanocomposite coating deposited on a brass plate, investigated with a ball-on-flat linear-reciprocating tribometer. The counterpart was a brass ball. While the initial electrical contact resistance was hundreds of milliohms, it gradually decreased with cycles and reached approximately 2 milliohms after 600 cycles. Coefficient of friction started below 0.35 and decreased progressively, stabilizing around 0.25 after 600 cycles. Sliding surfaces after different number of cycles were analyzed by optical microscope, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and nanoindentation. The results of analyses revealed that a copper-rich tribofilm was built up on the ball and it grew and hardened as the sliding cycle increased. The Cu-DLC coating wore gradually and was almost worn out after less than 1000 cycles. However, detrimental effects were not observed either on electrical contact resistance or on coefficient of friction. Therefore, the tribofilm on the ball should have a key role in achieving and maintaining the good electrical-tribological characteristic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th International Conference on Electrical Contacts, ICEC 2014 - Proceedings
PublisherVDE Verlag GmbH
Pages154-157
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783800736249
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event27th International Conference on Electrical Contacts, ICEC 2014 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 2014 Jun 222014 Jun 26

Publication series

Name27th International Conference on Electrical Contacts, ICEC 2014 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference27th International Conference on Electrical Contacts, ICEC 2014
CountryGermany
CityDresden
Period14/6/2214/6/26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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