Aluminum anodizing: aluminum and titanium hinges

Principle aluminum anodizing

Anodising aluminum products, for example, aluminum profiles, происходит путем его погружения в ванну с раствором кислоты (обычно, серной) и подключения их к положительному полюсу источника постоянного электрического тока. In this case the negative pole of a direct electric current is connected to the cathodes, которые расположены в той же ванне (рисунок 1).



Figure 1 - Driving anodizing bath

Anodizing aluminum sulphate

Depending on the type of acid, its concentration, temperature and electrical parameters as a result of this process produces the anodic coating with different properties. Большинство алюминиевых изделий анодируют при комнатной температуре (20 ºС) в растворе серной кислоты (200 г/л) при напряжении электрического тока 10-20 V. In the anodizing process on the surface of aluminum articles constant current density should be provided in a given interval values, depending on the thickness of the anodic coating. For , for example, to a predetermined thickness 20 microns the optimal current density range according to the standard of from Qualanod 1,4 by 2,0 A / EP2 [1].

The anode sample

The anode sample perform an important function for supplying anodized aluminum products of the electric current set parameters. For, to ensure reliable continuous supply of electric current anodic sample must perform, at least, три важных требования [2]:

  • Прочно удерживать изделие при переносе его из ванны в ванну и при погружении в растворы с очень сильным барботированием (перемешиванием сжатым воздухом)
  • To provide electrical contact for each product, который будет надежно проводить достаточный электрический ток от источника питания (выпрямителя) к этому изделию, to provide thereon a uniform anodic coating
  • Ensure effective drainage products, preclude the formation of "pockets", in which residues will accumulate working solutions and wash water

Anode hinge for aluminum profiles

For different shapes and sizes of aluminum products using various types of anode batches of. Long sample anodizing aluminum profiles comprise vertical rods, are directly fixed to the anode beam. Aluminum profiles are attached to these rods by means of spring clips, clamps, wire or other methods. The anode bar is a massive aluminum profile, один из концов которого с помощью мощного пневматического зажима (контактора) подключается к шинам источника постоянного тока (рисунок 2). К анодным штангам с помощью различных приспособлений (зажимов, Clamp, spring rings, алюминиевой проволоки) крепят анодируемые алюминиевые профили (рисунок 3). Popular clips of type "crocodile" are shown in Figure 4.


Figure 2 – Анодная балка и контактор на ванне анодирования [3]


Figure 3 – Анодная навеска с профилями над ванной анодирования [3]


Figure 4 – Зажимы для крепления алюминиевых профилей на анодных штангах [3]

Titanium hangers for aluminum parts

For small anodizing aluminum products using various types of anode batches of, typically made of titanium alloys, которые закрепляют непосредственно на анодной балке (рисунок 5). For aluminum products, these sample used different kind of spring device, for example, such, shown in Figure 6.

Figure 5 – Титановая навеска для анодирования алюминиевых деталей [3]


Figure 6 – Пример крепления деталей на титановой навеске [3]

Factors for batches of anode design

При проектировании анодных навесок принимают во внимание следующие факторы:

  • Compatible with the working solution
  • Given current density, to be supplied to the product
  • Easy to install products to sample weights and their removal from the test portions
  • The presence on the product places for reliable contact points, which will provide a uniform anodic coating
  • Location trace the point of contact to the ground, which are acceptable for the customer
  • Location products at the hitch should not be too tight, so as not to cause local overheating of their, and the shading of some other products
  • Economically acceptable cost

Durability fastening articles to sample weights

Providing reliable continuous electrical contact with the product lifting, It is very important for forming on its surface a uniform anodic coating. Fixed on hinges, aluminum products have to go through all the technological bath without weakening the electrical contact, including, those baths, in which the solution vigorously stirred compressed air.

Drainage and gas pockets

When assigning method attaching each new product should be thoroughly checked, such that when attaching provides good drainage of liquids from the article, as well as the, that excluded the possibility of formation of so-called gas pockets. These pockets may collect hydrogen, which is released in the process of anodizing. This leads to, that on the surface of these "pockets" anodic coating is not formed. Hydrogen is also highlighted and the electrolytic coloring, whereby the portions can be formed with a pale color or no color.

Batches of anode materials

Aluminum

At the beginning of anodization of aluminum anodic sample produced exclusively from unalloyed aluminum, the lack of which is, that it is soft and easily damaged. This disadvantage has been eliminated, when steel is widely used thermally hardenable aluminum alloys, such, as 6061 and 2024. Used as a sample of available alloys 6060 and 6063, However, considered, that alloys 6061 and 2024 anodized slower, than other aluminum alloys, что обеспечивает навескам более длительный срок службы [4].

Алюминий имеет следующие преимущества:

  • Low initial cost
  • It eases of machining
  • High electrical conductivity

Основным недостатком алюминия как материала анодных навесок является:

  • The need for alkali etching the anodic coating sample after anodization each cycle to restore the electrical conductivity of the surface. As a result, eventually weighed reduced thickness and requires replacement

Titan

Титан (титановые сплавы) имеют следующие преимущества:

  • High durability and long service life
  • Chemical inertness to most chemical solutions, besides chromic acid, chromate, hydrofluoric acid and fluorides

Недостатки титановых навесок:

  • High initial cost
  • Require special equipment for repair
  • A lower electrical conductivity, than aluminum

Electrical characteristics of aluminum and titanium

aluminum linkage, which are subject to immersion in electrolyte, You should have a cross-sectional area, which would provide at least, than 0,2 mm2/А [3]. Titanium linkage require a larger cross section, since titanium has a higher resistance to electric current, than aluminum. generally considered, that the electrical conductivity of titanium is only 10 % от электрической проводимости алюминия [1, 2].

Aluminum products on an anode button

The number and size of the contacts, through which the products are fixed on the rigging, should be sufficient for, to conduct current evenly to all products on the rigging and on the surface of each product. Pressure on the contacts must be high enough, to prevent oxidation of contact points, as well as any product relative displacement contacts during actual anodizing process.

aluminum products, for example, aluminum profiles, should be placed on hinges so, that minimize the differences in thickness of the anode coating. Coupling aluminum products, for example, aluminum profiles, too tightly in a row or in several rows can lead to an increase in the load differences in the thickness of anodic coatings.

Sources:

  1. QUALANOD SPECIFICATIONS, Edition 01.01.2017
  2. The Technology of Anodizing Aluminium / Arthur W. Brace – Interall, Italy, 2000
  3. http://www.montieng.com/en/aluminium-anodizing.html
  4. http://aluminumsurface.blogspot.com/2009/03/racking-sensitive-part-of-anodizing.html