Analysis and Calculation of Electrodeposition Process of Zn Alloy Coatings
Electrodeposited Zn-Fe alloy coating has good anti-corrosion performance and has been widely applied to protect steel materials from corrosion. In this paper, Zn-Fe alloy coatings were plated from acidic sulphate bath, and the relationship between real concentration of metallic complexes ([ZnL+] and [FeL+]) in the bath, which was calculated through solving nonlinear equations by METLAB software, and components of alloy coatings was studied. When ZnSO4•7H2O added in the bath increases from 10 g/L to 50 g/L, the ratio of ferrous complex to total complex decreases from 81.96% to 46.76%, simultaneously the iron content in Zn-Fe alloy coatings decreases from 26.82% to 6.32%. As FeSO4•7H2O and (NH4)2SO4 added in the bath increases from 40 g/L to 80 g/L respectively, the ratio of ferrous complex to total complex increases from 50.02% to 66.23% and from 58.65% to 60.37% respectively, simultaneously the iron content in coatings increases from 8.26% to 13.77% and from 9.28% to 11.92% respectively. The results show that variation of concentration of metallic complexes in the bath can lead to variation of components of coating proportionally.
Liangchi Zhang, Chunliang Zhang and Tielin Shi
Y. Y. Fan et al., "Analysis and Calculation of Electrodeposition Process of Zn Alloy Coatings", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 139-141, pp. 386-389, 2010