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HOYOS, Bibian Alonso; OSSA, Luis Alberto  and  RENDON, Mónica Cecilia. Square pulse current wave’s effect on electroplated nickel hardness. Ing. Investig. [online]. 2006, vol.26, n.3, pp.35-41. ISSN 0120-5609.

The effects of frequency, average current density and duty cycle on the hardness of electroplated nickel were studied in Watts and sulphamate solutions by means of direct and square pulse current. The results in Watts’ solutions revealed greater hardness at low duty cycle, high average current density and high square pulse current frequency. There was little variation in hardness in nickel sulphamate solutions to changes in duty cycle and wave frequency. Hardness values obtained in the Watts’ bath with square pulse current were higher than those achieved with direct current at the same average current density; such difference was not significant in sulphamate bath treatment.

Keywords : square pulse current; hardness; electroplating; nickel.

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