Effect of environmental hydrogen atoms on the tribological behaviors of diamond-like carbon films

LC Bai and N Srikanth and H Wu and F Liu and B Liu and K Zhou, TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 99, 258-266 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2016.03.037

Influence of environmental H atoms on, the tribological behaviors of DLC films is investigated via molecular dynamics simulations. These H atoms significantly reduce the friction force, and the reduction mechanisms depend on friction temperatures. At low friction temperatures, the H atoms are concentrated near contact interfaces, and their passivations highly reduce the interfacial adhesion, resulting in the low friction force. However, high friction temperatures induce the significant diffusion of the H atoms into the DLC films and thermally expand such films and increase their graphitization, causing a wide region with easy-shear properties to reduce the friction force. It is believed that these mechanisms of friction reduction can improve the understanding of the superlow friction of DLC films in H-2 environment. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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