Electroplating process Description
What is Electroplating?
Electroplating is a process by which metal ions migrate via a solution from a positive electrode to a negative one. An electrical current passing through the solution causes objects at the cathode to be coated by the metal in the solution.
Many products have electroplated parts; the most popular items are electroplated jewelry. A car has numerous electroplated parts, including its bumpers, hubcaps, grilles, door handles, and other decorative trimmings. The body of the car and its various automotive parts are electroplated to prevent rust, protect it from heat and other potential damage.
The aerospace industry also uses electroplated parts similar to cars, but they use electroplating to increase the hardness and thickness of the airplane’s body to make it resistant to atmospheric and other environmental conditions or to use lighter materials and have functional coatings with specific properties. Electronic devices, including computers and smart phones, also have electroplated parts that allow for better conductivity of electrical current as well as prevent overheating during charging.