Electrolytic amorphization

Metals - including stainless steel ( Inox ) – have the typical crystalline material structure. This generally results in a relatively porous surface that easily holds contaminants. This combination of porosity and impurities, lead to corrosion and/or bacterial growth .

The electrolytic amorphization removes the porous upper layer and creates a new, smooth and closed "amorphous" surface. This is easy to evaluate under the microscope. An amorphous surface is moreover poor in hydrogen, which also prevents the growth of bacteria. Even the iron at the surface of the stainless steel dissolves, so that the top layer obtains an increased chromium and nickel level.

In addition, amorphization realizes a certain lotus effect with self-cleaning properties: moisture resistant and dirt repellent.

The results in terms of cleanability, hygiene and sterility are spectacular.

Typical applications are all situations where you wish to counter bacterial growth. We think of avoiding bacteria in hospitals, limiting microbial corrosion ( MIC ), avoiding biofilm (biofouling), avoiding algae , ...

The final finish remains the metal itself and therefore it cannot peel off.

The treatments and finishes are suitable for nutrition and pharma ánd EHEDG and FDA compliant .

Electrolytic amorphization is a variant of the electro polishing - Electropolishing - electrochemical polishing.

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