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Structures and Mechanical Properties of Natural and Synthetic DiamondsA revolution in diamond technology is in progress as the low-pressure process becomes an industrial reality. It will soon be possible to take advantage of the demanding properties of diamond to develop a myriad of new applications, particularly for self-lubricating, wear, and superhard coatings. The production of large diamond films or sheets at low cost, a distinct possibility in the not-too-distant future, may drastically change tribology technology, particularly solid lubricants and lubricating materials and systems. This chapter reviews the structures and properties of natural and synthetic diamond to gain a better understanding of the tribological properties of diamond and related materials to be described in the following chapters. Atomic and crystal structure, impurities, mechanical properties, and indentation hardness of diamond are described.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Miyoshi, Kazuhisa
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1998
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:107249/CHAP8
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 523-22-13
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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