finishing.com -- The Home Page of the Finishing Industry
A website for Serious Education, promoting Aloha,
& the most FUN smiley you can have in metal finishing

HomeFAQsBooksHelpWantedAdvertiseForum
topic 4136

Chemistry project in electroplating


(1999)

I am a sixteen-year-old senior high school student in the Philippines. My friends and I are assigned a project about electroplating. Nothing really difficult, just a simple setup would do. Your site [FAQ: "How Electroplating Works"] helped a lot.

I would just like to ask where we could buy the zinc strip and what are Epsom salts and where to buy them.

Thank you for your time.

Respectfully yours,

Ailil A [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Manila, Philippines


Zinc Anodes


Epsom Salts

(1999)

Hi, Ailil. A source of zinc is standard dry cell batteries. The whole case or skin of a standard flashlight or lantern battery is zinc. Have your science teacher confirm that the batteries you find are standard carbon-zinc batteries, not alkaline or nickel-cadmium, and help you clean out and dispose of the carbon rod and black glop. Alternately, if you have access to a boating store, they will have zinc anodes in various shapes and sizes. You may be able to hacksaw those anodes to provide enough zinc for your fellow students.

Epsom salt is sold in drugstores as bath salts; I believe it is magnesium sulphate. Table salt will work, we just recommend epsom salt so there is no chance of chlorine gas if students start doing stupid things :-) Good luck.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
finishing.com
Pine Beach, New Jersey


(1999)

More Info. on Epsom Salts:

Epsom salts (also called bitter salts), hydrated magnesium sulfate with cathartic properties; white or colorless crystalline salts; used as an osmotic laxative in cases where bowel evacuation is desired; paste can be used as an application to assist drainage of boils; occurs naturally as the mineral epsomite; large source of medicinal magnesium sulfate were mineral springs at Epsom, Surrey, England

Regards

Kwok-wai Chook



This public forum has 60,000 threads. If you have a question in mind which seems off topic to this thread, you might prefer to Search the Site

ADD a Q or A to THIS thread START a NEW THREADView This Week's HOT TOPICS

Disclaimer: It's not possible to diagnose a finishing problem or the hazards of an operation via these pages. All information presented is for general reference and does not represent a professional opinion nor the policy of an author's employer. The internet is largely anonymous & unvetted; some names may be fictitious and some recommendations may be deliberately harmful.

  If you need a product/service, please check these Directories:

JobshopsCapital Equip. & Install'nChemicals & Consumables Consult'g, Train'g, SoftwareEnvironmental ComplianceTesting Svcs. & Devices


©1995-2017 finishing.com     -    Privacy Policy
How Google uses data when you visit this site.