By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Current study results on Coatings Technology have been published. According to news reporting originating in Doha, Qatar, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Aqueous solutions, containing appropriate amounts of sodium dihydrogen phosphate and iron chloride, were transformed into dispersions of the precipitated particles of iron oxide by heating them at 98 degrees C for various periods of time (24-94 h) in tightly stoppered Pyrex glass vessels. These particles were employed as reinforcement additive in the electrodeposed Ni-Fe2O3 composite coatings on the steel substrate."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Qatar, "The pure Ni and Ni-Fe2O3 composite coatings were subjected to Vickers hardness tests, which indicated that in most of the cases, microhardness of the Ni-Fe2O3 composite coatings was higher than the pure Ni coatings. Furthermore, XRD analysis showed that coating temperature as well as the presence of particles in the formed coatings had obvious effect on the preferred orientation of the crystalline faces of the nickel grains. The value of the texture coefficient was also calculated for pure Ni and Ni-Fe2O3 composite coatings, produced at different temperatures. Significant differences were noted in these values, which were attributed to the changes in the microstructure of the matrix, caused by the embedded Fe2O3 particles. Wear resistance properties and friction coefficient of the pure Ni and Ni-Fe2O3 composite coatings were determined with ball-on-disc tribometer in a unidirectional sliding mode. Results revealed that wear resistance of Ni-Fe2O3 composite coatings was higher than the pure Ni coating. Similarly, the friction coefficient turned out to be smaller for the composite coatings as compared to the pure Ni coating at a given sliding distance. Corrosion resistance of the bare, pure Ni coated, and Ni-Fe2O3 composite coatings was also evaluated."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "It was noted that corrosion resistance of these specimen increased in the order; Bare substrate < Pure Ni coating < Ni-Fe2O3."
For more information on this research see: Electrodeposition of Ni-Fe2O3 nanocomposite coating on steel. Surface & Coatings Technology, 2013;235():691-698. Surface & Coatings Technology can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Sa, PO Box 564, 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Surface & Coatings Technology - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/504101)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting I. Ul Haq, Qatar Univ, Dept. of Mech & Ind Engn, Doha, Qatar. Additional authors for this research include K. Akhtar, T.I. Khan and A.A. Shah.
Keywords for this news article include: Doha, Asia, Qatar, Coatings Technology
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