Aluminium and its alloys are interesting for many applications because they are very light, cheap, and unlimitedly recyclable. Despite being a promising base material for the fashion-jewellery sector, their tendency to form a passivating film makes them difficult to be galvanized, even more when recycled aluminium contains impurities of refractory elements. Indeed, the most common processes for galvanising aluminium are often expensive and not environmentally sustainable because they involve the use of cyanides. In this work we focussed on the pre-treatments and electroplating on Al6082 aluminium which is largely used for fashion-jewellery applications. The objective of the present study was to assess whether Al6082 series aluminium is suitable a as base material for the fashion market; therefore, we investigated the effectiveness of plating pre-treatments and the success of electroless zinc deposition using an innovative alkaline cyanide-free zincate solution. After the electroplating, adhesion between the deposited layers was evaluated both with cross-sectional scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis as well as with an adhesion evaluation test (ISO2819:2018): no detachments confirmed the positive test outcomes and thereby highlighted that Al6082 can be exploited as base material in the fashion-jewellery market.

Electroplating on Al6082 Aluminium: A New Green and Sustainable Approach / Andrea Comparini; Ivan Del Pace; Walter Giurlani; Roberta Emanuele; Margherita Verrucchi; Marco Bonechi; Massimo Innocenti. - In: COATINGS. - ISSN 2079-6412. - ELETTRONICO. - 13:(2022), pp. 0-0. [10.3390/coatings13010013]

Electroplating on Al6082 Aluminium: A New Green and Sustainable Approach

Andrea Comparini
;
Walter Giurlani;Roberta Emanuele;Margherita Verrucchi;Marco Bonechi
;
Massimo Innocenti
2022

Abstract

Aluminium and its alloys are interesting for many applications because they are very light, cheap, and unlimitedly recyclable. Despite being a promising base material for the fashion-jewellery sector, their tendency to form a passivating film makes them difficult to be galvanized, even more when recycled aluminium contains impurities of refractory elements. Indeed, the most common processes for galvanising aluminium are often expensive and not environmentally sustainable because they involve the use of cyanides. In this work we focussed on the pre-treatments and electroplating on Al6082 aluminium which is largely used for fashion-jewellery applications. The objective of the present study was to assess whether Al6082 series aluminium is suitable a as base material for the fashion market; therefore, we investigated the effectiveness of plating pre-treatments and the success of electroless zinc deposition using an innovative alkaline cyanide-free zincate solution. After the electroplating, adhesion between the deposited layers was evaluated both with cross-sectional scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis as well as with an adhesion evaluation test (ISO2819:2018): no detachments confirmed the positive test outcomes and thereby highlighted that Al6082 can be exploited as base material in the fashion-jewellery market.
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