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Coating Al and Cu simultaneously

by Bobendren
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Sep6-06, 08:50 AM
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It's a sandwich of 70 copper sheets, rather than a 24 sheet Cu sandwich between two 23 sheet Al sandwiches --- what coating? You want to plate it? Same problem as the Al-Cu-Al --- wicking of plating solutions between the sheets. Less bimetal problem, if there was one (doubt it), and no Al doing what Al does when in contact with salt air (corrode).
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It's been coated with something to make it red. Most reviews that comment on the colour say it's been anodized, but copper can't be anodized, so what is it?
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Cu is a "red" metal. Cu can be anodized --- it isn't a tightly bound film as on Al, and isn't all that useful a process for anything. It's conceivable that you're looking at OFHC Cu --- "oxygen free, high conductivity" copper --- again, a "gilding of the lily" for heat sinks. Grab yourself a piece of heavy gauge copper wire, or scrap copper tube and play around a bit with a Bernzomatic, or whatever you can lay hands on for propane or butane torches --- oxidizing and reducing zones of the flame --- and with water and oil quenches of a piece heated to "red heat" at one end (use pliers --- it is a good heat conductor) --- you'll notice a gradation of color on the surface, red (black body emission red) through gray, black occasionally, and some almost bright reds (not red heat) as various oxides form, and decompose --- you'll see the color zones move as the temperature gradient develops toward steady state.
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Sep7-06, 03:43 PM
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mmm....definately coated with something looking at these pictures...


You can see the base is the usual copper colour, but the fins are deep red.

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Sep7-06, 05:32 PM
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I've seen a similar, reddish coating on magnet wire. I think the wire (Belden magnet wire) we have in the lab has a polyurethane + nylon doublecoat.

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