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Tribological performance and corrosion behavior of aluminum alloy protected by Cr-doped diamond-like carbon thin film

Xiaoyu Yang, Hong Xu, Hongkui Mao, Gang Wang, Wei Liu, Wei Gao and Lideng Zhu


A gradient layer of Al/Cr diamond-like carbon film has been prepared by magnetron sputtering on 2024 Al-alloy. Emphasis has been placed on the anti-corrosion and tribological properties of the Cr-doped diamond-like film. Experimental research: scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectrometry, nano-indentation testing, potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and tribological tests were undertaken to investigate the surface morphology, surface structures, chemical composition, anti-corrosion and mechanical properties of the as-prepared gradient diamond-like carbon film. The results indicated that the Cr-doped diamond-like carbon film with intermediate transition chromium layer showed improvements with regards to hardness and corrosion prevention due to the dense surface structure and decreased electrical conductivity. Cr-doped diamond-like carbon film also displayed excellent tribological properties such as a low friction coefficient and wear rate during tribological testing.

Correspondence address, Dr Xiaoyu Yang, Shandong Nuclear Power Equipment Manufacturing co., LTD, Shandong Province, Haiyang 265118, P.R. China, Tel: +86 86694901, Fax: +86 574 86685159, E-mail address:
∗∗ Professor Xu Hong, School of Materials Science and Engineering, North University of China, Shanxi Province, Taiyuan 030000, P.R. China, Tel: + 86 86694101, Fax: +86 574 86685159, E-mail address:


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Received: 2018-03-06
Accepted: 2018-11-19
Published Online: 2019-05-17
Published in Print: 2019-05-15

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