Surface behaviour is of paramount importance as failure and degradation tend to initiate from the surface. Electroless composite coating (NiP/SiC) was developed using SiC as reinforcing particles. As heat treatment plays a vital role in electroless nickel coating owing to the changes in microstructure, phase structure and mechanical properties, an insight at the interface changes in chemistry and micromechanical behaviour was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and microindentation techniques. Corrosion performance was analysed using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Absence of zinc and migration of copper at the interface was detected. Brittleness and microcracks was seen long the interface when indenting at load of 500 gf (Vickers). Corrosion performance is weaker than particles free coating. However, a thin blanket of NiP could enhance the resistance to corrosive medium.
|Publication status||Published - 13 May 2015|
|Event||E-MRS 2015 Spring Meeting, Symposium: EE Protective coatings and thin films - Lille, France|
Duration: 11 May 2015 → 15 May 2015
|Conference||E-MRS 2015 Spring Meeting, Symposium: EE Protective coatings and thin films|
|Period||11/05/2015 → 15/05/2015|