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Fig. 1. Passivation film thickness. sion resistance properties. Some differences are to be expected such as a change in the yellow appearance typically associated with Cr(6) compounds. First-generation trivalent chrome conversion processes were based on fairly stable Cr(3) complexes, which slowed their reactivity rates even at high temperatures. They produced film thicknesses of 20 to 30 nm with limited corrosion resistance. To produce thicker passivation layers, a second-generation trivalent passivation process was developed. It incorporates accelerators, modified complexors, and is operated at higher concentration and temperature to drive the reaction kinetics at a faster rate. When applied as recommended, film thicknesses of 300 to 380 nm, equivalent to those produced from yellow Cr(6) passivating solutions, were obtained. The film in this case consists of an insoluble barrier layer free of hexavalent chrome. Table II and Fig. 1 compare operating conditions and resulting conversion Fig. 2. Comparison of neutral salt spray results for Cr(6) versus Cr(3) passivation on zinc (WC [minus] white corrosion). 439

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