Hard Chrome Plating on Aluminum:
Aluminum offers engineers weight saving advantages in their product design; however, aluminum has poor wear and friction properties.
In addition, the surface oxide layer of this chemically active metal, which gives it corrosion resistance, makes it a very difficult metal to plate. This inherent problem is exacerbated by the vast number of alloys offered commercially.
US Chrome has developed specific proprietary pre-treatment cycles to remove the oxide layer from any aluminum alloy resulting in maximum attainable bond strengths of our coating.
Features & Benefits:
- Freedom of Design - New applications are possible using the light weight of aluminum combined with the durability of hard chrome.
- Increase in Wear Life - The typical hardness of chromium is between 65-70 HRc and provides rugged durability against seizure, galling, and wear of mating parts.
- Low Coefficient of Friction/Lubricity - Aluminum which easily galls and seizes can now benefit from chromium’s low coefficient of sliding friction.
- Excellent Adhesion - USC offers superior bond strength of chromium on all aluminum alloys.
Medical, aerospace, engine components.