Akadize is a remarkable metal surface technology that vastly expands the usefulness of aluminum and its alloys. Akadize creates a permanent surface on the aluminum that is exceptionally hard, slippery and dense. It adds anti-corrosion, thermal resistance, and dielectric properties that are beyond the measure of conventionally-coated aluminum. The improved performance characteristics of Akadized aluminum make it the functional equal of more expensive and heavier metals. Indeed, in hundreds of applications, Akadize has surpassed performance challenges that were never before approached by aluminum. Akadize is an electrochemistry technology developed for use by NASA and aerospace programs. It utilizes unique circuitry and special additives to transform the molecular structure of the aluminum base. The new surface is half penetration and half buildup and becomes an integral, permanent part of the aluminum.

Akadized aluminum has been commended for its superb performance in the most demanding conditions. It has proven itself in space and undersea, in extremes of temperature and harsh environment.

Among the many current applications for Akadized aluminum are:

Aerospace components Chemical processing equipment Camping equipment
Computer components Automotive pistons and parts High speed projectiles
Motorcycles Solar energy components Sporting goods
Wires Labeling machine components Fishing equipment
Valves Pumps
Marine components Medical instruments  

Akadized aluminum offers the engineer, the designer, the manufacturer and the fabricator an exciting new range of efficiencies and capabilities. It is , indeed, a breakthrough in aluminum technology.


Akadized aluminum resists wear, scratching and galling, and has a hardness range of 9.2 to 9.7 on the Moh's Scale (Note: the Moh's scale, comparing surface hardness, rates diamond highest at 10. Sapphire is 9. Thus, Akadize at 9.7 rates in the diamond-hard range.)Aluminum alloys Akadized to a depth of 0.002" have withstood abrasion in a Taber test using C-17 wheels at 70 rpm for 200,000 cycles.

Akadized aluminum has a very low friction coefficient. The surface is of such high lubrication that it eliminates all discernible tension to solid, liquid or gaseous mixtures.

Corrosion Resistance:
Akadized components have withstood more than 1700 hours of continuous exposure to salt spray, suggesting a potential salt atmosphere life of 300 years. Akadized aluminum has an exceptional ability, also, to resist attack by corrosive gasses and liquids.

Dielectric Properties:
An aluminum surface Akadized to 0.003" has resisted 2000 volts before breakdown, while conventional hard anodic coatings normally breakdown at 1000 volts or less.

Thermal Resistance:
Akadized aluminum is an amazing thermal barrier that has resisted heat to 2000 degrees F for 15 minutes without metallurgical transition. The Akadized surface becomes a heat shield for the aluminum which would otherwise, have melted at 1220 degrees F.

Reactivity: Akadized aluminum is inert.

Flexibility: Akadized wire will normally not fracture on the compression or tension sides.

Thickness: Can be controlled within 0.0002"

Military Specifications: Akadized surface-treated aluminum has been used under the "Banadize" trade name for aerospace and defense purposes. (NASA-approved MilSpec A8625C & LTC 12672)

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