Effects of Different Surfactants on Structural, Tribological and Electrical Properties of Pulsed Electro-Codeposited Cu-ZrO2 Composite Coatings
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Cu-ZrO2 composite coating was synthesized by pulse electrodeposition from an acidic sulfate electrolyte dispersed with nano-sized ZrO2 particles. Effects of different surfactants in different amounts on the codeposition and distribution of ZrO2 particles in the copper matrix, surface-mechanical (hardness and wear) and electrical (conductivity) properties of developed composite coatings have been thoroughly investigated. Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), poly acrylic acid (PAA) and glucose have been added in the electrolyte in different concentrations as anionic, polymeric and nonionic surfactants. Obtained experimental results confirmed that addition of SDS up to 1 g/L improves the amount of codeposited ZrO2 particles in the copper matrix and surface-mechanical properties of the nanocomposite coatings. But, in case of PAA- and glucose-assisted coatings, highest amount of ZrO2 codeposition was observed in 0.5 g/L PAA and 20 g/L glucose-assisted coatings, which in turn affected the mechanical properties. Surface-mechanical properties were found to be affected by coating matrix morphology and crystallographic orientation along with embedded ZrO2 particle content. Electrical conductivity of all the deposits not only depends upon the codeposition of ZrO2 particles in the matrix but also on the microstructure and crystallographic orientation.
Keywordsconductivity copper electrodeposition surfactant wear
Partial financial support of this work from the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, India (Grant No. 22/0563/11/EMR-II), is gratefully acknowledged.
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