Amorphous diamond-like carbon films (diamond-like carbon DLC) are wear-resistant and low-friction. DLC films are precipitated using PACVD or PVD processes.
The characteristics of the layers can be specifically configured within a wide range depending on the production process, precipitation conditions and composition. These extensive variation possibilities of the film characteristics have led to a number of different carbon coatings with a variety of applications in the last few years.
The combination of high wear resistance with outstanding friction and anti-adhesion properties makes DLC films an ideal surface refinement for components and tools exposed to tribological stresses.
Fraunhofer IST adapts DLC coatings for specific applications. High-performance products with multifunctional surfaces and new characteristics are realized as a result.