Amorphous diamond-like carbon (ADLC) coatings are deposited on cemented carbides, high speed steels (HSS) and other steels, using arc-ion plating. The paper describes both the problems and the potential of this process with its many influencing parameters. It also details a number of properties of hydrogen-free a-C films deposited at coating temperatures of 200 °C; as an example, a tribological application is described.
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The authors wish to thank the following people for their experimental support: B. Blanpain, J.P. Celis and J.R. Roos, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium.
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Knotek, O., Löffler, F. & Brand, J. Hard Amorphous Carbon PVD Coatings. MRS Online Proceedings Library 270, 469–474 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-270-469