What is anodising? Give its applications.
What is meant by 'anodising'? Why is it done?
Anodising is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. The process is called anodising because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit.
It is very useful in preventing the metal from corrosion. It is also useful in architectural finishing.
Anodising is a method that involves the formation of tough layer of aluminium oxide on aluminium substances by making it anode in the electrolysis of sulphuric acid. Generally, the formation of aluminium oxide layer on aluminium protects it from corroding further. However, if this oxide layer on aluminium is made thicker (by anodising), it will become a strong coating and will prevent corrosion to the maximum.