Role of Some Plating Parameters in the Properties of Ni-P/Al2O3 Nanocomposite Coatings on Mg alloy
International Journal of Electrochemical Science
Electroless Ni-P/Al 2 O 3 nanocomposite coatings on AZ91D magnesium alloy have been deposited by incorporating nanoalumina particles into Ni-P alloy matrix to stimulate the wear and corrosion resistance of the substrate. NanoAl 2 O 3 particles were uniformly suspended in the bath for 1 h using magnetic stirring, and the Al 2 O 3 content in the composite was determined gravimetrically. The effect of nanoparticle concentration in the plating bath on each of nanoAl 2 O 3 in the deposit, its
... deposit, its deposition rate, and its micro-hardness and wear resistance was thoroughly studied. The influence of SLS surfactant as a wetting agent on the porosity of the deposit and on its content from the nanoparticles was explored. Coat micro-hardness as well as phase transition were also examined in relation to temperature of the heat treatment process. Furthermore, the impact of bath temperature on the deposition rate and on the amount of incorporated nanoparticles in the deposit was discussed. The role of other plating parameters such as stirring speed and nickel sulfate concentration of the plating bath solution in determining the amount of nanoparticles embedded in the Ni-P matrix were assessed and rationalized. Electrochemical polarization curves were measured to evaluate the corrosion performance of AZ91D alloy samples coated with different prepared nanocomposite deposits. In all cases, the obtained as-plated or heat treated Ni-P/Al 2 O 3 nanocomposite coating can perfectly act as a potential physical barrier to protect AZ91D substrate from corrosion in the aggressive chloride environment.