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NdFeB surface treatment-passivation
Time:01/08/2021
NdFeB passivation is similar to phosphating, which is to form a protective film on the surface of the workpiece through a chemical method on the NdFeB surface to achieve the purpose of anti-corrosion of the workpiece. Surface chemical conversion coating technology is a common method of surface treatment. At present, NdFeB surface chemical conversion coating treatment mainly uses phosphating technology, mostly ordinary zinc or iron phosphating. The phosphating film itself has poor corrosion resistance and often It does not independently undertake the anti-corrosion effect, but cooperates with electrophoresis, coating, etc. as the outer layer of composite anti-corrosion. At the same time, phosphoric acid and phosphate compounds are used in a large amount in the phosphating process, which is prone to phosphorus pollution, causing adverse consequences such as eutrophication of water bodies. The process environment is not friendly. Compared with the phosphating agent, the passivating agent has simple components, does not contain phosphoric acid and phosphate compounds, and is more environmentally friendly.
 
The NdFeB passivation process is generally: degreasing → water washing → ultrasonic washing → pickling → water washing → ultrasonic washing → pure water washing → pure water washing → passivation treatment → pure water washing → pure water washing → dehydration → drying.
 
Degreasing
 
Degreasing can only remove grease, dust, sweat and attached metal chips on the surface of the NdFeB, but not the rust on the magnet. The oil stains on the surface of NdFeB are brought from the processing of materials, such as anti-rust grease used to prevent rust during storage and transportation, and cutting fluid that parts contact during cutting.
 
Before further surface treatment of NdFeB, the oil on the surface must be cleaned, otherwise it will affect the quality of surface chemical conversion, electroplating or coating. Due to the wide range of sources and types of oil pollution, the degree of pollution varies greatly, so the problem of oil removal is very complicated. In order not to cause corrosion and subsequent residue in the degreasing process, try to use a degreasing agent with low free alkalinity and total alkalinity.
 
Pickling
 
The purpose of pickling is to remove the black ash and rust left on the surface of NdFeB. Pickling liquid generally uses 2%~4% nitric acid, and the time is 0.5~2.0 min. Both high acid concentration and long pickling time are detrimental to the magnet.
 
Passivation
 
The passivation treatment method is to place the magnet in a container containing passivation solution, soak or spray for a period of time, or use the magnet as an anode to pass polarization to achieve passivation, that is, a passivation film is formed on the surface. As an important surface anti-corrosion treatment, passivation is commonly used in many metals, especially metals such as aluminum, zinc, cadmium, tin, and magnesium and their alloy materials.
 
Most of the traditional passivation treatments use chromic acid and chromate as treatment agents, called chromate passivation. The chromate conversion film formed on the metal surface after treatment has a good corrosion protection effect on the base metal. . As a separate protective film, the passivation treatment is simple, practical, and low in cost, and was widely used in the early development of NdFeB. But its fatal weakness is that it contains toxic chromium Cr (Ⅵ), and its harm to the human body and the environment has prompted people to actively carry out research on effective alternative technologies. In recent years, my country has many patents for passivation agents. There is a passivation agent for neodymium iron boron magnets, including: oxalic acid, surfactants and complexing agents. Its composition is simple, and it has the functions of degreasing, rust removal and passivation at the same time. Without the use of phosphoric acid and phosphate compounds, it is a more convenient and environmentally friendly passivation agent for NdFeB magnets.
 
In recent years, the corrosion resistance requirements for NdFeB conversion coatings have become higher and higher, and it is difficult to meet the requirements by single passivation technology. The commonly used process is to use composite conversion coating technology, that is, phosphating and then passivating, by filling phosphorus The pores of the chemical film can effectively improve the corrosion resistance of the composite conversion film.