Electroless Nickel Finishing Specification

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AMS-2404C, AMS-2505B, AMS-2433B,
Electroless Nickel (Aluminum, Steel)

Similar to stainless steel in color. Plates uniformly in recesses and cavities (does not build up on edges) sometimes called "Dog-boning". Corrosion resistance is good for coatings over .001" thickness. Electroless nickel is used extensively in salvage of mis-machined parts. Also, for inside dimensions and irregular shapes (where assembly tolerances need uniformity provided by electroless process). Coatings typically used to provide a hard-ductile, wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant surface for operation in service temperatures up to 1000F (538C).  Previously Mil-C-26074 was the industry specification.

Please note: The following is per. Mil-C-26074.  This specification has been cancelled but, is still used in industry.

Class 1 As coated

Class 2  Steel and other base metals heat treatable to improve hardness.

Class 3  Aluminum and other base metals not heat treatable

Class 4  Aluminum alloy, heat treatable, processed to improve adhesion of the nickel deposit

Grade A  .0010" min. Aluminum alloys will be grade A.

Grade B  .0005" min.Cu, Ni, Co alloys will be grade B.

Grade C  .0015" min. Ferrous alloys will be grade C.

Electroless Nickel - AMS-2404D / AMS-2405B

These AMS specs are similar. Ams- 2404D does not specify the phosphorous content while the

AMS - 2405B says "P" to be 8% max. No specific hardness numbers defined by these two specs on the EN deposit.

AMS-2404D Thickness as specified on drawing.  Note: Unless a specific class is specified,

Class 1 shall be supplied.

Class 1 Except for hydrogen embrittlement relief, no postplating thermal treatment.

Class 2 Thermal treatment at 450 F (232 C) or above to harden the deposit.

Class 3 Thermal treatment at 375 F (191 C) to verify adhesion for non-heat treatable aluminum and beryllium alloys.

Class 4 Thermal treatment at 250 F (121 C) to verify adhesion for non-heat treatable aluminum alloys.

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