Electrolytic hard chrome-plating is the most used wear resistant process for engineering industries, aeronautic, steel-or paper-makers. The major drawback is that it uses CrVI classified as carcinogenic by the International Agency of Search on Cancer. The likely banning of CR VI in the years to come and need of successful coatings opened the way to interesting, expensive and difficult replacement techniques, often impossible on big parts. That is why electrolytic chrome-plating will remain the process of choice with two conditions: provide guarantees to employees and environment; compete with techniques of replacement in terms of performance. The object of the proposal is to study and develop processes allowing to obtain thick chromium coatings, more successful than the traditional ones, from a new and non toxic electrolytic solution. Developed processes will be applicable to chromium platers without major modifications of installations.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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