Study of Hillock and Zinc Whisker Evolution in Five Different Cable Tray Coatings

Abstract: The main objective of this work is the study of the hillock and zinc whisker evolution of five different commercial zinc coatings applied on the same base steel wires of the patented EASYCONNECT system cable trays manufactured by VALDINOX Ltd.: white zinc alkaline electrolyte, yellow zinc trivalent electrolyte, acid zinc electrolyte, hot dip galvanized, and zinc nickel coating. The limited literature on the subject is summarized, and then the coating thickness, chemical composition, hardness and surface rugosity are characterized. The hillock and whisker density evolution are evaluated over a period of 12 months, considering the presence of compression bending stresses. It is concluded that the white alkaline and yellow trivalent coatings are the most affected, while the zinc-nickel shows the best behavior with no presence of whiskers; the acid zinc electrolyte also shows good results despite the delayed appearance of whiskers from the ninth month; the hot-dip galvanized coating does not show any presence of zinc whiskers or hillocks.

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 Fuente: Metals 2021, 11(2), 325

Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 01/02/2021

Nº de páginas: 21

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/met11020325

ISSN: 2075-4701