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Tribological properties of diamond-like carbon films deposited by vacuum arc

Ying Ren and Haikuo Wang

Abstract

Conventional artificial hip joints with metal-on-metal pairings are subject to wear resulting in a large number of metal wear particles, limiting the lifetime of implants. In order to improve the wear protection of artificial hip joints, diamond-like carbon (DLC) films with high quality have been synthesized by a vacuum arc adjustable from anodic to cathodic operation mode at a DC bias to the substrate. The influence of the bias on the wear behavior examined with disc-on-disc and cavitation erosion testing was investigated. DLC film with a high density (3.03 g cm−3) and low wear rate (1.04 × 10−5 g h−1) could be deposited by vacuum arc at a DC bias (−750 V). Furthermore, no delamination was observed after the DLC-on-DLC tribopairs were tested under a high conducted load (300 N) and velocity (0.1 m s−1) for 55 h, which indicated DLC film at the bias of −750 V has good tribological properties.


*Correspondence address, Ying Ren, Department of Material Science & Engineering, Henan University of Technology, Lianhua Street, Zhengzhou 450001, P.R. China, Tel.: +086371-67758734, Fax: +086371-67758729, E-mail:

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Received: 2017-12-11
Accepted: 2018-02-05
Published Online: 2018-07-04
Published in Print: 2018-07-12

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