The codeposition of hard nanoparticles into metal matrix electrodeposits usually leads to the increase of the coating hardness and abrasion resistance and causes a change to the microstructure of the deposits leading to more compact, nanostructured coatings with an increased corrosion resistance. Very often the laboratory scale results are not easily transferable to an industrial scale due to the introduction of new process variables such as the geometry and the dimensions of the component to coat. The aim of the present work was the study, in laboratory scale, of nano-composite nickel matrix coatings containing SiC nanoparticles and the transfer of this technology in industrial scale. The deposits have been produced using a Watts type bath containing 20 g/l of nanoparticles, under galvanostatic conditions using a current density of 2 A/dm2. The deposits have been studied regarding their microstructure, abrasion and corrosion resistance. Based on the satisfactory results of the laboratory tests, the second part of this work contains the scaling-up and the industrialization of the process and the electrodeposition of the composite coating on ship propeller models and profiles as well as on train axles. The prototype parts were tested under actual working conditions.

Scaling-up of the electrodeposition process of nano-composite coating for corrosion and wear protection

LEKKA, Maria;
2010

Abstract

The codeposition of hard nanoparticles into metal matrix electrodeposits usually leads to the increase of the coating hardness and abrasion resistance and causes a change to the microstructure of the deposits leading to more compact, nanostructured coatings with an increased corrosion resistance. Very often the laboratory scale results are not easily transferable to an industrial scale due to the introduction of new process variables such as the geometry and the dimensions of the component to coat. The aim of the present work was the study, in laboratory scale, of nano-composite nickel matrix coatings containing SiC nanoparticles and the transfer of this technology in industrial scale. The deposits have been produced using a Watts type bath containing 20 g/l of nanoparticles, under galvanostatic conditions using a current density of 2 A/dm2. The deposits have been studied regarding their microstructure, abrasion and corrosion resistance. Based on the satisfactory results of the laboratory tests, the second part of this work contains the scaling-up and the industrialization of the process and the electrodeposition of the composite coating on ship propeller models and profiles as well as on train axles. The prototype parts were tested under actual working conditions.
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