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Plating a Carbon Steel Tank with Magnesium




Hello,

I work with a chemical, Magnesium Hydroxide, we often store this chemical in a set of 2500 gal tanks. We are looking into different lining options. I was wondering if you could line the inside of the tank with magnesium using electroplating.

Dewey Ward
student and engineeering intern - Baltimore, Maryland
August 6, 2010



Hi, Dewey.

While nothing is impossible, electroplating magnesium is impractical. All of the electricity you impose will go towards separating the water into hydrogen and oxygen, and none of it will be able to reduce magnesium metal onto steel. Why do you need to line the tank -- is it rusting? Soft PVC liners are the most widely used approach. Good luck.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
August 11, 2010




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