Volume 8, Issue 6, November 2020, Page: 125-130
Effects of Diamond Nanoparticles on the Microstructure, Hardness and Corrosion Resistance of Chromium Coatings
Vladimir Petkov, Institute of Metal Science, Equipment and Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Radoslav Valov, Institute of Metal Science, Equipment and Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Received: Oct. 20, 2020;       Accepted: Nov. 4, 2020;       Published: Nov. 27, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajche.20200806.11      View  94      Downloads  57
Electrodeposited coatings of chromium and diamond nanoparticles on steel were obtained. The chromium is plated directly on the steel matrix without any intermediate layers. The influence of the electrodeposition current density, the electrodeposition time and the concentration of diamond nanoparticles in the chromium-plating electrolyte on the microstructure, the phase composition, the microhardness and the corrosion resistance of the chromium coatings were investigated. The phase and chemical compositions of the composite coating (chromium and diamond nanoparticles) were examined using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy - Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) techniques. The microstructure and microhardness were examined with a metallographic microscope and a microhardness tester. The corrosion resistance was investigated in 3.5 wt % NaCl solution using the gravimetric method. The bond between the chromium coating and the steel matrix has diffusion character. A sublayer of separate irregular shape formations appears at concentration of diamond nanoparticles 25 g/l and more. The formation of these structures depends only on the concentration of diamond nanoparticles and is not influenced by the other electrodeposition parameters. With the increase of the concentration of diamond nanoparticles in the electrolyte the rate of chromium coating deposition increases and respectively the thickness of the coating increases also. This increase is more than twice the thickness of chromium coating without nanodiamonds. The microhardness of the composite coatings rises also compared to unmodified chromium coating. With the increase of the concentration of the diamond nanoparticles 2 times greater microhardness is achieved and up to 5 times greater corrosion resistance compared to monochromium coating. The values of the other electroplating parameters are constant.
Diamond Nanoparticles, Chromium Coating, Electrodeposition, Hardness, Corrosion
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Vladimir Petkov, Radoslav Valov, Effects of Diamond Nanoparticles on the Microstructure, Hardness and Corrosion Resistance of Chromium Coatings, American Journal of Chemical Engineering. Vol. 8, No. 6, 2020, pp. 125-130. doi: 10.11648/j.ajche.20200806.11
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