Fabrication and thermophysical properties of nickel-coated aluminum powder by electroless plating

Sanghyup Lee, Kwanyoung Noh, Jihwan Lim, Woongsup Yoon, Dohyung Lee, Changkee Kim

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To improve the ignitability of high energy aluminum powder, in this study, natural oxide films (alumina, Al2O3) were chemically removed and nickel coatings were deposited using an electroless method for nickel plating. The time-dependent degree of nickel deposition was confirmed qualitatively and quantitatively through surface analysis using scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy. To characterize the nickel coatings, we also conducted elemental analysis by using X-ray diffraction and weight analysis by using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Thermophysical studies were also conducted using thermogravimetric analysis/differential scanning calorimetry in an air-oxidized environment. The results of these analyses explain the ignition enhancement mechanism observed in the nickel-coated aluminum powder. A novel plating method for creating a nickel-coated aluminum powder was established and the mechanism for the enhancement of the ignition and combustion of the powder is elucidated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103438
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2015 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: 2015 Jan 52015 Jan 9

Publication series

Name53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Other53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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