Adhesion assessment of DLC films on PET using a simple tensile tester: comparison of different theories

B. Ollivier, S. J. Dowey, S. J. Young, A. Matthews

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Abstract

The adhesion of Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) films on Poly(ethyleneterephthalate) (PET) sheet has been characterised by tensile testing, using simple equipment. Three theoretical analyses of the tensile test are described, and their validity has been studied by calculating in three different ways the adhesion of the same samples (DLC on PET). The theoretically predicted adhesion from the longitudinal strain required for coating debonding did not appear to be an appropriate indicator for coatings on polymers. An approach consisting of measuring either the minimum or the maximum crack spacing led to results which were more consistent with the literature. The adhesion of DLC films on PET has been increased by a factor of 1.8 when a 5 min argon plasma treatment is applied prior to deposition. Although quantitative results have to be considered with caution, this method is a simple and quick means of obtaining semi-quantitative results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-784
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Adhesion Science and Technology
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995

Keywords

  • Adhesion
  • DLC film
  • PET substrate
  • Simple tensile tester

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