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Title: Apparatus and method for continuous electroplating. [Patent application]

Abstract

An apparatus and method are disclosed for performing a continuous electroplating process upon an elongate conductive stock article. A closed housing assembly retaining an electroplating solution and having a conductive housing body and flexible, nonconductive end walls is connected to the positive pole of a source of electromotive force. The end walls have an aperture for receiving the conducting stock article in sliding and sealing contact. The stock article is connected to the negative pole of the source of electromotive force. The conductive housing body and the section of the conductive stock article within the housing body are coextensive, coaxial and spaced a uniform distance apart. The housing body has an inlet at the bottom and an outlet at the top allowing the housing assembly to fill completely with plating solution. The inlet has a reduced nozzle to create turbulence and spiral circulating motion of the plating solution moved by a pump connected by nonconductive conduits. The solution is circulated through an open reservoir. A coolant may be conveyed through the interior in a hollow stock article to cool the surface being electroplated. Different sizes of coaxial metal insert sleeves may be telescopically received in the housing body.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5053380
Application Number:
ON: DE82020870
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy SNL; ERA-07-059410; EDB-82-155108
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ELECTROPLATING; EQUIPMENT; TUBES; ANODES; CATHODES; COOLING SYSTEMS; CYLINDERS; DESIGN; POWER SUPPLIES; PUMPS; SOLAR ABSORBERS; DEPOSITION; ELECTRODEPOSITION; ELECTRODES; ELECTROLYSIS; ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; ENERGY SYSTEMS; LYSIS; PLATING; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; SURFACE COATING; 141000* - Solar Collectors & Concentrators; 360101 - Metals & Alloys- Preparation & Fabrication

Citation Formats

Conlon, T.P. Jr., and Holmes, S.D. Apparatus and method for continuous electroplating. [Patent application]. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Conlon, T.P. Jr., & Holmes, S.D. Apparatus and method for continuous electroplating. [Patent application]. United States.
Conlon, T.P. Jr., and Holmes, S.D. Thu . "Apparatus and method for continuous electroplating. [Patent application]". United States.
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author = {Conlon, T.P. Jr. and Holmes, S.D.},
abstractNote = {An apparatus and method are disclosed for performing a continuous electroplating process upon an elongate conductive stock article. A closed housing assembly retaining an electroplating solution and having a conductive housing body and flexible, nonconductive end walls is connected to the positive pole of a source of electromotive force. The end walls have an aperture for receiving the conducting stock article in sliding and sealing contact. The stock article is connected to the negative pole of the source of electromotive force. The conductive housing body and the section of the conductive stock article within the housing body are coextensive, coaxial and spaced a uniform distance apart. The housing body has an inlet at the bottom and an outlet at the top allowing the housing assembly to fill completely with plating solution. The inlet has a reduced nozzle to create turbulence and spiral circulating motion of the plating solution moved by a pump connected by nonconductive conduits. The solution is circulated through an open reservoir. A coolant may be conveyed through the interior in a hollow stock article to cool the surface being electroplated. Different sizes of coaxial metal insert sleeves may be telescopically received in the housing body.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1981},
month = {11}
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