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Hard chrome plating thickness to avoid peel off

March 19, 2010

what should be thickness of hard chrome for 60-66 HRc.
and what should be min. thk of the same in general to avoid pull-off the same.

Dattatraya Abhang
- Pune, India

March , 2010

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Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
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March 19, 2010

Pull-off has little to do with thickness.
Bond strength, which depends on substrate material and preparation procedure, as well as internal stress, which depends on chemistry and plating parameters are the important variables.
Hard chrome is always stressed in tension and has less than 1% ductility. So, thick layers always exhibit cracks. If care is not taken to avoid crack penetration through the plate, underneath corrosion of the substrate will destroy adhesion.

Guillermo Marrufo
Monterrey, NL, Mexico

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