Adhesive bonding and brazing of nanocrystalline diamond foil onto different substrate materials

Lodes M, Sailer S, Rosiwal S, Singer R (2013)

Publication Language: English

Publication Status: Published

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2013


Book Volume: 282

Pages Range: 335-341

DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2013.05.129


Diamond coatings are used in heavily stressed industrial applications to reduce friction and wear. Hot-filament chemical vapour deposition (HFCVD) is the favourable coating method, as it allows a coating of large surface areas with high homogeneity. Due to the high temperatures occurring in this CVD-process, the selection of substrate materials is limited. With the desire to coat light materials, steels and polymers a new approach has been developed. First, by using temperature-stable templates in the HFCVD and stripping off the diamond layer afterwards, a flexible, up to 150 μm thick and free standing nanocrystalline diamond foil (NCDF) can be produced. Afterwards, these NCDF can be applied on technical components through bonding and brazing, allowing any material as substrate. This two-step process offers the possibility to join a diamond layer on any desired surface. With a modified scratch test and Rockwell indentation testing the adhesion strength of NCDF on aluminium and steel is analysed. The results show that sufficient adhesion strength is reached both on steel and aluminium. The thermal stress in the substrates is very low and if failure occurs, cracks grow undercritically. Adhesion strength is even higher for the brazed samples, but here crack growth is critical, delaminating the diamond layer to some extent. In comparison to a sample directly coated with diamond, using a high-temperature CVD interlayer, the brazed as well as the adhesively bonded samples show very good performance, proving their competitiveness. A high support of the bonding layer could be identified as crucial, though in some cases a lower stiffness of the latter might be acceptable considering the possibility to completely avoid thermal stresses which occur during joining at higher temperatures. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Lodes, M., Sailer, S., Rosiwal, S., & Singer, R. (2013). Adhesive bonding and brazing of nanocrystalline diamond foil onto different substrate materials. Applied Surface Science, 282, 335-341.


Lodes, Matthias, et al. "Adhesive bonding and brazing of nanocrystalline diamond foil onto different substrate materials." Applied Surface Science 282 (2013): 335-341.

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