Friction, wear, and triboelectron emission of hydrogenated amorphous carbon films

Keiji Nakayama, Kazushi Yamanaka, Hiroshi Ikeda, Toshiyuki Sato

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Amorphous and hydrogenated amorphous carbon films were prepared on a glass substrate using DC magnetron sputtering deposition in gas mixtures of H2 and Ar having different H2 content. Triboemission and friction were measured in a factional system by sliding an Al2O3 ball across carbon films in a dry air atmosphere. Wear behavior of the carbon films was investigated by observing the worn surfaces with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an atomic force microscope (AFM). Carbon films prepared with low level H2 gas contents showed low friction and low wear in the production of low electron emissions. With intermediate level H2 gas contents, transitions of friction, wear intensity and electron emissions occurred from low to high. At high H2 gas content, high friction and high wear occurred to produce high electron emissions. These wear mechanisms and the triboemission behavior are discussed in relation to the surface energy and internal compressive stress of the carbon film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-513
Number of pages7
JournalTribology Transactions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1


  • Carbon
  • Friction
  • Stress
  • Surface films/coatings
  • Tribology
  • Wear mechanisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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