WIT Press

Physical And Electrochemical Characterisation Of Electroless Nickel Coatings On Carbon Steel

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SURF970051

Volume

17

Pages

13

Published

1997

Size

1,181 kb

Author(s)

C. Kerr, D. Barker and F. Walsh

Abstract

Various electrolyte and deposit parameters were investigated to assess the performance of electroless nickel coatings deposited from baths aged in the range 0-6 metal bath turnovers. The properties studied included: measurement of internal stress, analysis of orthophosphite concentration in the plating solution and determination of phosphorus content in the deposit. The effect of bath ageing on the hardness of the deposit in the as-plated condition, and after heat treatment, was also examined. Changes in the deposit mainly appeared in the range of 3- 5 metal turnovers, suggesting that the life expectancy of these electroless nickel plating solutions should not exceed 6 metal bath turnovers. The corrosion potential (E^) was measured and the corrosion current density (

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