1924-01-01

RUST RESISTANCE OF NICKEL-PLATED STEEL 240020

The quality of plated steel may be tested by exposing the article to the action of a salt spray and noting the appearance at intervals. A numerical method of rating the appearance is presented, and the rust resistance of steel plated with nickel and copper is shown to be dependent on the thickness of the plating. The effect on the salt-spray resistance of some common variables in nickel-plating, such as boric acid, ferrous sulphate, current density and defective steel, is disclosed and charted. The need of close technical control of the plating process is indicated, and some of the advantages of controlled electroplating at high current-densities are set forth.

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