Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Surface Coatings
The Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant has a large facility for providing surface coatings for various production applications. These capabilities include electroplating and surface finishing, physical vapor deposition, and plasma spray. The electroplating and surface finishing processes cover anodize, black oxide, cadmium, chrome, copper, gold, and lead. The surface finishing facility has a staff of 18 people (electroplaters, supervisors, technical support and engineers) and is also supported by Y-12 waste management and a physical laboratory for testing. One of the larger current projects includes the copper flash and gold plating of a 750 pound aluminum mirror.
The Y-12 surface finishing facility has achieved the capability to electroplate various substrates and shapes with no contact points; electroplate with varying thicknesses (1-20 mils +10%) on different shapes and substrates with no machining; perform thick, high speed lead plating (1/8-inch thick at .003-.004/hour); produce electroless nickel plating (with no contact points) on multiple parts and part types; join stainless steel and aluminum with nickel electroplating (1/8-inch thick); and plate aluminum ion using magnetrons on uranium.
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