Famous plane makers, Boeing, have found what seems to be the “lightest metal ever” named microlattice – a material which is 99.9% air! A Californian development, this is a way for both planes and rockets to obtain weight reduction. This 3D open cellular polymer structure will reduce fuel consumption a plane needs during take off, flying and landing. Currently, Boeing are looking in to using this structure internally on their planes so are researching the use of this new structure in areas, such as the floor, overhead compartments and in other fixtures so that a modern internal environment can be created for passengers.
Electroless Nickel Plating meets Boeing
Boeings researchers have discovered that the 3D open cellular polymer structure must be coated with electroless nickel plating, so that the structure has necessary strength required, due to its web of nickel-phosphorus alloy lattice tubes being just 100 nanometres thick. The theory behind using this new structure and coating it with electroless nickel plating is much more advanced in its theory for aerospace engineering, so has not been trialled yet for space-bound vehicles, including rockets. It is, however, known that it would be used for exactly the same weight saving reasons to go to space as it would be used in planes, but also because of its ability to compress. This means that objects sent in to space would expand post launch, thus reducing cargo hold space. Before this is used in space-bound vehicles, more research and evidence will be needed, but the revelation of the said ‘lightest metal ever’ is nevertheless a very exciting forward move scientifically.
Electroless Nickel Plating
Electroless nickel plating is a high quality, cost effective solution for metal coating, which elongates the life of a component substantially, because it leaves an equal thickness metal layer deposit spread evenly all over the surface of a component, irrelevant to its size or shape. Ideal due to its use in harsh environments due to its corrosion resistance, rust prevention and the fact that it does not chip or flake. This reduces the cost and frequency of repairs and replacements needed. Electroless nickel plating can be hardened up to 950vhn, self-lubricates and is non-magnetic. These are just some of the advantages of using electroless nickel plating as your coating of choice. If you would like to find out more then please contact NiTEC UK today, leading suppliers of electroless nickel plating.
Contact NiTEC UK Today
Here at NiTEC UK, we are experts in the process of electroless nickel plating (ENP) and have a friendly and professional team, happy to help you with any query, at any time. If electroless nickel plating is something you or your business would like to find out more about, then why not contact us today on 0845 224 571, email us at email@example.com or alternatively you can click here to go directly to our website. Or use the following links to go directly to information most frequently asked for regarding the services we provide, such as diffused nickel plating, copper plating, shot blasting and heat treatment.