In this paper the influence of a mid-phosphorous electroless nickel coating on EN-AW 2618A was studied. Special emphasis was put on the metalturn-over (MTO) and a heat treatment on the coating properties and their influence on the fatigue properties. The increasing MTO leads to an increase in phosphorous content resulting in a reduction of hardness, while the ductility is much less affected. The low temperature heat treatment increases the hardness through a crystal growth. The fatigue tests show, that the electroless nickel coating can both have a positive as well as a negative influence on the fatigue properties. At higher mechanical stresses the deposit tends to reduce the lifetime, while at lower loads the lifetime gets increased. The reduction of lifetime is caused by defects in the coating which act as stress concentrators. An increase in MTO leads to a higher amount of coating defects and therefore a higher possibility for a reduction of the lifetime. Further research has to focus on the growth mechanisms of those defects since their influence seems to be more significant than other factors like the phosphorous content.
The German-Korean Workshop „Novel electrochemical technologies in material science for applications in information and energy technology“ (NEAT) took place between 24th and 26th of September at the Jagd- und Berghotel Gabelbach in Ilmenau, Germany. The workshop was organized by the Electrochemistry and Electroplating Group (TU Ilmenau, FG ECG, Prof Andreas Bund) and the Korea Institute of Materials Sciene (KIMS, Dr. Kyu-Hwan Lee). The ECG group of TU Ilmenau is for many years in contact with several research centres in Korea such as Hanyang University (Seoul), KIMS (Korea Institute of Materials Science, Changwon) or the PCB Research Center of Korea Polytechnic University (Siheung). This collaboration and the workshop were funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF (via the German National Aeronautics and Space Research Center, DLF, as project promoter) in order to advance the scientific and technical collaboration between both countries. The aim of the workshop was the preparation of joint projects in electroplating, electrocatalysis and energy storage. More than 20 scientists form Korea and Germany participated in this event, most of them young researchers. Continue reading…
The development of a low temperature liquid metal battery based on ionic liquids namely, sodium-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Na[TFSI]) in tetraethylammonium-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([TEA][TFSI]) will be discussed. Such a battery should be easily accessible for fluid flow measurements which is still a challenge with the conventional high temperature systems. Cells comprising a Na negative electrode, 20 mole% Na[TFSI] in [TEA][TFSI] ionic liquid electrolyte and a Pb-Bi eutectic positive electrode were constructed and operated at 160 °C. Galvanostatic cycling experiments were conducted at low C rates (C/26) for 13 h corresponding to 50% depth of discharge. A discharge capacity of 565 mAh/g was found. Furthermore electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to characterize the aging of the cells.
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One year ago, the university extended its rich and mainly engineering-oriented profile by a new master program in Electro- chemistry and Electroplating (four semesters), behind which there is a whole industry represented by the German Central Association of Surface Engineering (Zentral-verband Oberflächentechnik, ZVO). The master course aims to develop highly qualified professionals as junior staff for the electroplating and surface treatment industry. Continue reading…
The reduction process of nitrate at copper based electrodes was investigated. The cyclic voltammetry (CV) studies allowed us to establish the specific parameters concerning the electrodeposition of the individual metals and their alloys. It was demonstrated that the products resulting from electrochemical nitrate reduction (ENR) in alkaline media can be detected by cyclic hydrodynamic voltammetry (CHV) and square wave voltammetry (SWV) techniques at Cu and CuSn plated Pt electrodes. Moreover, using SWV ammonium can be electrochemically detected with good accuracy. An enhancement of the electrocatalytic activity of Cu by alloying it with Sn was observed. The reduction of nitrate was investigated in an engineering laboratory scale flow reactor under different operating conditions. On the two investigated types of cathode materials (Cu and CuSn), the concentration of nitrate was reduced electrochemically to the maximum permissible limit (50 mg/L) with a energy consumption in the range of 2 – 16 kWh/kg NaNO3 at a CuSn cathode.