Hard Amorphous Carbon PVD Coatings


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.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.


  1. 1.

    U. Schlaak, Metalloberfläche42, 147 (1988).

    Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    W. Hedderich, Jahrbuch Oberflächentechnik47, 13 (1991).

    CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    R. S. Bonetti and M. Tobler, Oberfläche + JOT9, (1988).

  4. 4.

    I. Mühling, K. Bewilogua and K. Breuer, Thin Solid Films187, 65 (1990).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    P. Couderc and Y. Catherine, Thin Solid Films146, 93 (1987).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    J. C. Angus, Thin Solid Films142, 145 (1986).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    D. S. Knight and W. B. White. J. Mater. Res.4, 385 (1989).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


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.

Author information



Corresponding authors

Correspondence to O. Knotek or F. Löffler or J. Brand.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

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

Download citation