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Title: The influence of fluorides on the microcracking of electrodeposited chromium
Author: Barrett, Philip L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2710 8660
Awarding Body: Aston University
Current Institution: Aston University
Date of Award: 1972
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Various fluorides were added to a base chromium plating solution to obtain microcracked chromium electrodeposits. Deposition :was done on bright nickel plated mild steel substrates and for most of the experimental work a fresh chromium plating solution was used for each test.The crack counts were statistically anatysed, and in the case of Hull Cell results multiple regression procedures found qU,antitative relationships between crack counts and fluoride concen..t ration together wi th current density. Covering Power, measured with a Hull Cell was quantitatively influenced by both fluoride concentration and the alkali metal part of the molecule. Microcracking only occurred within a relatively narrow range of fluoride concentration and a theory is proposed. Simple compounds such as lithium fluoride did not cause microcracking when plating wa's done In plastic containers but the same solution ,electrolysed in a glass container gave a microcracked deposit. Fluorosilicates caused micro cracking in either glass or plastic containers.. A mechanism is suggested for the formation of reaction prooducts of glass and fluorides, these products being similar to fluorosilicates in that they both cause micro cracking . The alkali metal part of the fluoride molectlle influences microcracking and quantitative relationships were found between microcracking and various parameters of the alkali metal such as atomic number. Caesium is apparently anomalous having a greater effect on microcracking than the other alkali metals. Although 'the type of fluorideiiand the alkali metal part of the fluoride molecule influence microcracking the most important, effect was found to be fluoride concentration. Since fluorides break down during electrolysis even if only slowly it is incorrect to call them catalysts and some experimental evidence has been found for the incorporation of fluorine into the electrodeposit.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Metallurgy