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topic 1541

Help on chlorides in Chromic Anodize.


I am looking for a lab procedure to test for chlorides in a Type I chromic anodize bath. I have tried a tradition conversion with silver nitrate. The content I received was approx. 8g/L. After further review, I can hypothesize that some chromium nitrate was formed. I am currently testing that hypothesis. I am looking at further digestion with HNO3 to dissolve the chromic nitrate and leave the silver chloride behind. Any further help or experience would be appreciated.

Ira Donovan, M.S.F.
Kansas City, Missouri


The following should work:

1. Take a 50 ml sample, and dilute with DI to 250 mls.

2. Add 20 mls 42 degree baume Nitric Acid and boil.

3. Add 5 mls Silver Nitrate and allow ppt. to fall out.

4. Wash filtered ppt.with 2% Nitric Acid, and dry.

5. Weigh as Silver Chloride, calculate as follows:

grams of Silver Chloride X 8.2 = g/l of Sodium Chloride.

It is important to note, that as in all gravimetric procedures quantitative techniques are critical to results found..

This is a variation of the basic procedure found in The Surface Treatment and Finishing of Aluminum and Its Alloys by S. Wernick, R. Pinner, P.G. Sheasby.

Ward Barcafer, CEF
aerospace - Wichita, Kansas

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