The project is aiming for the development of novel carbide coatings, based on HEA-C multicomponent system with high enthropy, stable at high temperatures, lubricant, with high surface energy and high corrosion resistance. The fundamental research approach will be complementary with the tests of the new coatings in adverse conditions mimiking severe working conditions.
O1. New recipes /technologies for synthesis of functional HEA-C coatings, based on an intricate knowledge of the bond strengths, formation energies and optimum value of valence electron concentration, achieved by properly adjusting the atomic concentration of each element, as this is known to be related to the hardness.
O2. A test/validation program including a set of mechanical, tribological, corrosion and electrical tests, at ambiental and high temperatures for the evaluation of the functional coatings.