Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 414-418

First online:

Electropolishing of 316L stainless steel for anticorrosion passivation

  • H. HochengAffiliated withDepartment of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University
  • , P. S. KaoAffiliated withDepartment of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University
  • , Y. F. ChenAffiliated withMechanical Industrial Research Laboratory, Industrial Technology Research Institute

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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.


electromachining passivation pitting corrosion type 316L stainless steel