The effect of heat treatment and surface roughness on the zincate treatment of aluminium alloy 6082
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The effect of heat treatment and surface roughness on the zincate treatment of aluminium alloy 6082 was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, electrochemical measurement and surface profilometry. It has been found that the heat treatment of the alloy has a small effect on the ease of zincate plating. The zinc coverage is incomplete at grain boundaries of aged samples. Surface roughness has a greater effect: on rougher surfaces, the zinc preferentially grows on peaks rather than in the valleys; the effect is consistent with a lower open circuit potential during plating. The roughness effect is explained in terms of the transport of zinc to the surface and local pH changes.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing|
|Publication status||Published - May 2001|