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Advances in Tribology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 352387, 7 pages
Research Article

A Clue to Understand Environmental Influence on Friction and Wear of Diamond-Like Nanocomposite Thin Film

1Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology, Techno India Group, Kolkata 700150, India
2Department of Chemistry, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Howrah 711103, India

Received 24 September 2012; Revised 24 January 2013; Accepted 27 January 2013

Academic Editor: Qian Wang

Copyright © 2013 Sukhendu Jana et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The wear and friction of diamond-like nanocomposite (DLN) film have been investigated in air with different relative humidity (RH), under deionized (DI) water and saline solution. The structure of the film has been characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The result shows two interpenetrating network structure: a–C:H and a–Si:O, and they are interpenetrated by Si–C bonding. The tribological performance has been measured using ball-on-disc tribometer with tungsten carbide ball as counterbody at 10 N normal load. Results show that with increasing relative humidity (RH) from 35% to 80%, the coefficient of friction (COF) increases gradually from 0.005 to 0.074, whereas with increasing RH the wear factor decreases from  mm3/Nm and attains a minimum value of  mm3/Nm at 50% RH. With further increase of RH the wear factor increases again. Moreover, in DI water and especially in saline solution, both the COF and wear factor have been found to be significantly low. A clue has been interpreted to understand environmental dependency, considering the effect of surface dangling bonds, charge transfer, and chemical interactions.