The main objective of the TANDEM project is to develop a new generation of significantly improved well-adherent and hard DLC coatings with good temperature stability. The novel DLC coatings will combine high hardness (above 40 GPa), smooth surface and low internal stresses, and thus enable adherent thick coatings (thickness at least 3 μm).The novel hard DLC will be tested in operating conditions and developed for specific applications.

The specific objectives for the partner INOE are:
-Development of Ne-HiPIMS and reactive Ne-HIPIMS processes at laboratory scale, employing highly ionized carbon fluxes
-Demonstrate the scalability of the novel deposition process, trough collaboration with industrial partners in the project
-Test the performance of the hard stress-free DLC coatings on flat samples an components under real operating conditions.