Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 414–418

Electropolishing of 316L stainless steel for anticorrosion passivation


  • H. Hocheng
    • Department of Power Mechanical EngineeringNational Tsing Hua University
  • P. S. Kao
    • Department of Power Mechanical EngineeringNational Tsing Hua University
  • Y. F. Chen
    • Mechanical Industrial Research LaboratoryIndustrial Technology Research Institute

DOI: 10.1361/105994901770344827

Cite this article as:
Hocheng, H., Kao, P.S. & Chen, Y.F. J. of Materi Eng and Perform (2001) 10: 414. doi:10.1361/105994901770344827


316L stainless steel is deemed an indispensable material in the semiconductor industry. In many instances, the surface of the production equipment needs to be treated for low-corrosion passivation, good finish, weldability, and cleanliness. The process characteristics of electropolishing meet these requirements well. The current study investigates the effects of the major processing parameters on the anticorrosion performance and the surface roughness. The electrolyte with 10% water content and a ratio between H2SO4 and H3PO4 of 4 and 6 has been proven to be successful, showing no corrosion pitting points on the specimen surface. The electrolyte temperature of 85±10 °C and the electrical current density of 0.5 to 1.0 A/cm2 are found to be optimal. The processing time beyond 3 to 5 min produces no further improvement. The addition of 10% glycerin provides a very fine surface (maximum roughness of 0.05 µm), while the anticorrosion performance is deteriorated. The results obtained are useful for the manufacture of the semiconductor equipment.


electromachiningpassivationpitting corrosiontype 316L stainless steel

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