- Start of the project : 01-03-21
- End of project : 29-02-24
The aim is to establish the link between the deposition parameters, the intrinsic properties of the coating and the final performance of the coated system. MeC-DLC nanohybrid materials have been chosen for the many degrees of freedom they offer in optimising performance with respect to the compression process specifics of different potential customers. This includes inclusion size and distribution, phase ratio, thickness and overall coating structure.
The counterpart is the difficulty of anticipating the performance of the coating without a thorough study of the trade-offs between the structure and composition of the layer and its intrinsic properties (durability, modulus of elasticity, toughness), and between the intrinsic properties of the deposited layer and the final performance of the coated tool.
The creation of an intuitive selection tool based on a rational selection methodology lays the foundation for the subsequent development and optimisation of new coatings :
- in an accelerated manner,
- at lower cost.
Objectives and missions of Materia Nova
Materia Nova will deposit MeC-DLC nanohybrid layers by PVD with various compositions and structures. Depositions will be carried out on different substrates, including the "lab-on-ship" developed by UCL.
Materia Nova also takes care of certain characterisations such as xps analyses.
Ionics, UCLouvain, Materia Nova.