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Hardness of Nickel-Phosphorus plating
October 26, 2008
I have stainless tubes plated by Nickel-Phosphorus (near
88%Ni-12%P) chemical coating. The surface hardness is 55-57HRC at room temperature. My question is what hardness I could reach after heating up to 600-650C deg?
In another words, what hardness degradation I have to expect?
technological engineer - Israel
October 29, 2008
We do Electroless Nickel Plating over brass components. After Plating (12% phosphorous) we get 450 - 500 VHN (approx. 45 ~ 50 HRC). Then we heat treat them in a Hot Air Oven, for 2 Hours at 300±20°C', after natural cooling, we get the hardness above 800 VHN (about 80 HRC). This might be helpful to you.(one theory says ENP coats can be heat treated only up to 400 °C)
Did you mean "stainless" as "stainless steel" ?
Why at all you go for electroless Nickel over Stainless Steel?
- Chennai, India