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Electropolishing of Stainless Steel in Laboratory and Industrial Scale

Institute of Environmental Engineering, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Pl. Grunwaldzki 24a, 50-365 Wrocław, Poland
Division of Electrotechnology and Materials Science, Research Network Łukasiewicz -Electrotechnical Institute, M. Skłodowskiej-Curie 55/61, 50-369 Wrocław, Poland
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Metals 2019, 9(8), 854;
Received: 2 July 2019 / Revised: 24 July 2019 / Accepted: 2 August 2019 / Published: 5 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Surface Treatment Technology of Metals and Alloys)
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Transposing the process scale from laboratory to industrial conditions is a difficult issue that applies to many sectors of the industry. As far as electropolishing of stainless steel is concerned, the limitations connected with a significant increase in the area of electropolished surface should be considered, along with the possibility of defects that may emerge. This paper compares the results of electropolishing of stainless steel in the laboratory and in industrial conditions. For the analyzed conditions, it was determined that the best results, both in laboratory and industrial conditions, were obtained at temperature of 35 °C and current density of 8 A·dm−2. High temperatures resulted in the emergence of defects on the surface, in particular for industrial samples. The defects were visualized by metallographic images with Nomarski contrast and atomic force microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy tests were used to analyze the composition of the passive layer on the electropolished surfaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: chromium-nickel steel; electropolishing; scale-up; defects; Nomarski contrast; AFM; XPS chromium-nickel steel; electropolishing; scale-up; defects; Nomarski contrast; AFM; XPS

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Lochyński, P.; Charazińska, S.; Łyczkowska-Widłak, E.; Sikora, A. Electropolishing of Stainless Steel in Laboratory and Industrial Scale. Metals 2019, 9, 854.

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