Adhesion is the most important focus of the Electrolizing® technology. Without adhesion, surface treatments offer little benefit. The Electrolizing® coatings must meet our standard repeated bend testing to 180 degrees without showing signs of chipping, spalling or separation. The results of our adhesion testing enables our technology to meet the standard ASTM-B-489-85.
Electrolizing® provides the metal with a surface hardness of Rc 72 Rockwell. While the Electrolizing® coatings are extremely hard, they are also quite ductile. The density of the coating provides a surface which has fewer cracks, inclusions, voids and other surface irregularities as compared to conventional chrome plating. The combination of hardness and density results in reduced wear rates and a reduced coefficient of friction.
Using PTFE as the benchmark for reducing friction (.05-.10), the Electrolizing® coatings provide a competitive .09-.12 coefficient of friction.
Electrolizing® coatings are excellent for providing a "dry lubricant" surface. With uncoated steel against itself, the resultant frictional values range to about .20 or greater. Micro-E and Electrolizing® provide the user with .09 to .12 values, or approximately 50% improvement. Lubricated conditions will result in even lower values.
The Electrolizing® coatings have been subjected to corrosion testing using ASTM-B-117 salt spray procedures. The results meet or exceed the criteria stated in the specifications QQ-C-320, AMS 2406 and AMS 2438. In addition, the coatings have been evaluated in humidity tests, salt water, de-ionized water, bleach and various commercial reagents, acids, alkalines and salts. Electrolizing® coatings are accepted for use in USDA regulated environments.
The coatings provided by Electrolizing® were developed and designed to be precise, thin depositions. The range of coating requirements are from 0.000050" to 0.001" per side. Thickness requirements per part vary by material, engineering application and performance expectations.
The procedures, controls and techniques for applying Electrolizing® assure that highly precise tolerances can be maintained. Precise tolerances of 0.000050" to 0.0001" are routine. Tolerances vary with coating thickness and part geometry.
The availability of a thin, precisely controlled Electrolizing® coating can eliminate the need for traditional hard chrome plate and grind operations which can prove to be costly and time consuming.