Session 10: Light Metals Processing
Opportunities to improve the safety, uptime, breadth of control, and equipment management in a plating shop.
Aerospace / Defense / Military
Most aluminum used on aircraft is anodized for corrosion resistance. Over time the anodize layer tends to become damaged, often as a result of overhaul practices intended to remove corrosion from adjacent fasteners. In some cases aluminum not anodized by the OEM suffers in-service corrosion, requiring anodizing at the overhaul level. In other cases aluminum components must be repaired by welding or other methods, leaving the repair area unprotected. Non-drip brush anodizing is a good way to correct these problems, but it is not always easy to carry out in practice, and existing tools are too small to be cost-effective for large areas. We will discuss the use of brush anodizing, its methods and performance in different applications, and how it can be scaled-up to coat much larger areas than we encounter in spot repair.