The assessment of the surface texture of electrodeposited aluminium

R. C. Howie, A. S. Irfan, W. H S Massie

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A method that provides a numerical assessment of the quality of electroplates is described. The procedure using the Taylor-Hobson Talysurf machine is equally suitable for the examination of small areas of a surface or for providing an average assessment in terms of roughness of the overall area. The method has been applied to the examination of specimens of mild-steel electrodes electroplated with aluminium. Some of the specimens, visually indistinguishable from one another in quality, were easily given a numerical assessment by the 'centre line average' values provided by the machine. The procedure is easier, is non-destructive and less time-consuming than photomicrography, in which a large number of sections must be examined to obtained an overall assessment of the surface finish. © 1973.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-304
Number of pages8
JournalElectrodeposition and Surface Treatment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1973


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