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Electrochemical Tests of Corrosion of Magnetic Hard Disks With Overcoats of DLC

[+] Author Affiliations
Soyoung Jung, Thomas M. Devine

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Paper No. 2003-TRIB-336, pp. 41-50; 10 pages
  • STLE/ASME 2003 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • Magnetic Storage Symposium: Frontiers of Magnetic Hard Disk Drive Tribology and Technology
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA, October 26–29, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Tribology Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3705-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3704-1
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Two electrochemical techniques were used to investigate the corrosion of DLC coated magnetic hard disks: (1) potentiodynamic and potentiostatic anodic polarization and (2) electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The objective was to determine the ability of DC polarization and AC polarization to detect the presence of porosity in the DLC. The results indicate that anodic polarization at high potentials (≈ +1.0V vs SCE) to cause pitting corrosion of the metal layers underneath the DLC might provide a rapid and quantitative estimate of the amount of porosity in the DLC. Measurement of the low frequency electrochemical impedance at intermediate potentials (≈ +0.5V vs SCE) appears to indicate the presence of porosity but further work is required to establish a quantitative relationship between the amount of porosity and the value of the low frequency impedance.

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