Anodizing

Short description

Anodizing is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. 

The process is called anodizing because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrolytic cell. Anodizing increases resistance to corrosion and wear, and provides better adhesion for paint primers and glues than bare metal does. Anodic films can also be used for several cosmetic effects, either with thick porous coatings that can absorb dyes or with thin transparent coatings that add interference effects to reflected light.

Anodizing is also used to prevent galling of threaded components and to make dielectric films for electrolytic capacitors. Anodic films are most commonly applied to protect aluminium alloys, although processes also exist for titaniumzincmagnesiumniobiumzirconiumhafnium, and tantalum.

Anodized aluminium surfaces, for example, are harder than aluminium but have low to moderate wear resistance that can be improved with increasing thickness or by applying suitable sealing substances. Anodic films are generally much stronger and more adherent than most types of paint and metal plating, but also more brittle. This makes them less likely to crack and peel from ageing and wear, but more susceptible to cracking from thermal stress.

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Specifications

  • Surface thickness 5-25 microns (Typicaly 10-20 microns)

  • Surface hardness up to 185-225 HV (Typical 190 HV)

  • Coefficient of friction (anodized layer) -0.55-0.75

  • Rich colour selection (alloys can be painted during the process in a wide gamma of colours )

  • Increase IR emition up to 20% when get black film (useful for radiators)

  • Corrosion resistance increases up to 10-20 times (test in a SO2 chamber) or more than 10000 hrs in 5% salt chamber

  • Film thickness is equal for all detail

  • Low dimension change

Applications of Anodizing

  • Aviation industry

  • Automotive industry

  • Arms industry

  • Pneumatics and hydraulics housing

  • Gear drives and gears

  • Pulleys Electronics

  • Heating platforms and cookers

  • Premium segment dishes Medical devices

  • Diving equipment

  • Robitic parts

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