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Review of Testing Methods for Anodic Coatings on Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys


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Author: Joseph C. Benedyk

Company: Illinois Institute of Technology, Light Metal Age

Issue #: Vol. 68, No. 5

Year: 2010

Pages: 5


Summary: This article reviews testing methods for analyzing the quality and performance of anodized coatings on aluminum and its alloys, including standard methods for testing anodic coating thickness, coating weight/apparent density, sealing quality, color/lightfastness, and gloss. It also includes testing methods for determining anodic coating composition (i.e., energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry, and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy) and an introduction to nanotechnology concepts that utilize the morphology of anodized aluminum coatings. This is a companion article to "Engineering Properties of Anodic Coatings: Protecting Aluminum Alloys against Friction and Wear" (in the same issue).

Product Code: REVG2


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