Influence of Duty Cycle on Composition and Microstructure of Siliconized Layer Using Pulse Electrodeposition
The siliconized layer was pulse electrodeposited on grain oriented low-silicon steel sheet substrate in KCl-NaCl-NaF-SiO2 molten salts and the influence of duty cycle on the composition and microstructure of the siliconized layer was investigated. The results showed that when the duty cycle was in the range of 10% to 50% at average current density 30mA/cm2, Si content of siliconized layers was similar and the thickness of the layer was did not change much with different duty cycle. Cross sectional observation revealed that the siliconized layers had a two-layer structure. The top layer composed of columnar grains and a transition layer with equiaxed grains was close to the substrate. The layer was unsmooth when the duty cycle was 10%. While the surface appeared smooth and dense and the grains were fine when the duty cycle were 20% and 30%. The layer became more porous as the duty cycle increased to 40% and 50%.
Liangchi Zhang, Chunliang Zhang and Tielin Shi
H. L. Yang et al., "Influence of Duty Cycle on Composition and Microstructure of Siliconized Layer Using Pulse Electrodeposition", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 139-141, pp. 666-669, 2010