Anodization: Recent Advancements on Corrosion Protection of Brake Calipers
Brake calipers for high-end cars are typically realized using Aluminum alloys, with Silicon being the most common alloying element. Despite the excellent castability and machinability of AlSix alloys, anodization is often necessary in order to provide to AlSix components the required corrosion resistance or when the braking system has to withstand to severe chloride-rich environments . Even if the anodization process is known for almost 100 years, a continuous research and process optimization can lead to the development of anodic layers with enhanced morphological and electrochemical properties, which enable a prolonged resistance of calipers under endurance corrosive tests (e.g. >1000hours Neutral Spray Tests).