Electrodeposition Proceses

NAME OF THE COURSE Electrodeposition Proceses



Year of study


Course teacher

Prof Ladislav Vrsalović

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

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Course objectives

Students will acquire knowledge that enables them to perform self-monitoring or
performing electroplating process. The knowledge acquired can also use to explore and improve the electrodeposition processes.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course


Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After successfully passing the exam, students will be able to:
1. Select the most appropriate metal coating for the corresponding metal surfaces.
2. Independently run or monitor the electroplating process.
3. Distinguish all process parameters that affect the quality of metal coatings.
4. Examine the quality of the obtained metallic coatings.

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

Week 1: Introduction. Technological processes of production galvanic and chemical coating.
Week 2: Metal deposition on cathode. Electrocrystallization. Current distribution and metal sediment on cathode. Sedimentary power of the electrolyte.
Week 3: Preparation of specimen for metallic coatings deposition.
Week 4: Metallic coatings. The criteria for selection of metal coatings. Criteria for the selection of conversion coatings.
Week 5: Galvanization. Composition of bath. Material and shape of anodes for electroplating. Influence of electrolyte temperature, convection and current density.
Week 6: Sources of current and facilities for electroplating. The most important processes of metal electroplating. Tin-plating in different electrolytes.
Week 7: Zinc-plating.
Week 8: Copper plating.
Week 9: Nickel-plating. Cathodic and anodic processes in deposition of nickel.
Basic electrolyte components. Influence of additives on plating shining nickel. Nickel anodes.
Week 10: Chromium plating. Deposition of metallic chromium on cathode. Basic electrolyte components for chromium plating. Anodes and anode processes. Coating errors. I. partial knowledge test.
Week 11: Plating with noble metals.
Week 12: Manufacturing of metallic coatings by spraying with melting metal. Coatings which was produced by diffusion processes.
Week 13: Electroplating of non-metal substrates. Electroplating of product of porous
Week 14: Electroforming. Mechanical preparation of model for galvanization. Galvanization in electroforming. Reinforcing of galvanic layers. Separation of final product from model. Final treatment of product.
Week 15: Production of foils, sheets and pipes by electroforming. II. Partial knowledge test.
List of laboratory exercises:
Preparing of metal surface for metal layer formation (mechanical, chemical, electrochemical) and their comparison; nickel electroplating, copper electroplating, Electroless formation of a nickel coating, anodic oxidation of aluminum, phosphating.

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

Lectures, laboratory exercises.

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work








Seminar essay






Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

A student can pass a part or the entire exam by taking two partial tests during the semester. Students who do not pass the partial exams have to take an exam in the regular examination term. During the examination terms students take written and oral exam.
Scoring: <55% insufficient;55-66% sufficient (2); 67-78% good (3); 79-90% very good (4); 91-100% excellent (5)

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

M. Gojić, površinska obradba materijala, Metalurški fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Sisak, 2010.


E. Stupnišek Lisac, Korozija i zaštita konstrukcijskih materijala, FKIT Zagreb, 2007.


M. Schlesinger, M. Paunović, Modern electroplating, IV edition, J. Wiley & Sons, USA, 2000.


Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

I. Esih, Z. Dugi, Tehnologija zaštite od korozije, Školska knjiga, Zagreb,1990.
I. Esih, Osnove površinske zaštite, Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Zagreb, 2003.
D.A. Jones, Principles and Prevention of Corrosion, 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Sadle River, 1996.
M. Paunović, M. Schlesinger, Fundamentals of electrochemical deposition, J. Wiley & sons, USA 1998.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

Keeping records of student attendance; annual analysis of the exam results; student survey in order to evaluate teachers, self–evaluation of teachers, feedback from students who have already graduated to relevance of curriculum.

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)