Baskaran, Irusen and Sakthi Kumar, R and Sankara Narayanan, T S N and Stephen, A (2006) Formation of electroless Ni–B coatings using low temperature bath and evaluation of their characteristic properties. Surface and Coatings Technology, 200 (24). pp. 6888-6894.
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The formation of electroless Ni–B coatings obtained using a low temperature bath and evaluation of their characteristic properties are addressed in this paper. An alkaline bath having nickel chloride as the source of nickel and borohydride as the reducing agent was used to prepare the electroless Ni–B coatings. The influence of concentration of sodium borohydride in bath on the plating rate and the nickel/boron content of the resultant Ni–B coatings was studied. Selected coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning lorimetry (DSC) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), respectively, for assessing the phase content, phase transformation behaviour and magnetic properties. XRD patterns reveal that the structure of electroless Ni–B coatings in as-plated condition is a function of the boron content of the coating: higher the boron content, greater the amorphous nature of the coating and vice-versa. DSC traces exhibit two exothermic peaks around 300 and 420 °C, corresponding to the phase transformation of crystalline nickel and Ni3B phases at 300 °C and the transformation of a higher phase compound to Ni3B at 420 °C. VSM studies indicate that the magnetic properties of the coating is also a function of the boron content of the coating: higher the boron content, lesser the saturation magnetization.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Electroless plating; Ni–B coating; Structure; Phase transformation; Magnetic property|
|Divisions:||NML Chennai > Chemistry|
|Deposited By:||Dr. TSN Sankara Narayanan|
|Deposited On:||24 Nov 2009 09:04|
|Last Modified:||13 Dec 2011 16:22|
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