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Etch solution for A1050
I wish to etch A1050 (99.5% of aluminium) to reveal the microstructure. Can anyone recommend a suitable etching solution?
I have try 27 ml HNO3 + 24 ml HCI + 39 ml H2O. But not enough to see the grain.
I also try a stronger etch solution, but the aluminium have "burn".
Have you any idea of what to do?
Student - Batk, UK
A good general micro etch for Aluminium alloys is Kellers Reagent. HF based, and nothing like as concentrated as mixed acids you have tried.
There are others - try googling 'Flick's, Tucker's or Vilella's. They're all variations on a theme.
Ship Repair - Plymouth, UK
The use of HCl is very damaging on aluminum. For better result you can use combination of HF and wetting agent.
Meta Kem - New Delhi
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