Specifying Stainless Steel Surface Treatments (10068)

By Arthur H. Tuthill and Richard E . Avery, Reprinted from Advanced Materials Processes, Vol. 142 (6), 1992. This paper discusses various stainless steel surface treatments: passivation, pickling, electropolishing, and mechanical cleaning. Also discussed are conditions which would favor one method over another depending on the application. Often the surface treatment chosen can determine the success of the stainless steel being used.

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