High-Frequency-Induced Cathodic Breakdown during Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

Abstract : The present communication shows the possibility of observing microdischarges under cathodic polarization during plasma electrolytic oxidation at high frequency. Cathodic microdischarges can ignite beyond a threshold frequency found close to 2 kHz. The presence (respectively, absence) of an electrical double layer is put forward to explain how the applied voltage can be screened, which therefore prevents (respectively, promotes) the ignition of a discharge. Interestingly, in the conditions of the present study, the electrical double layer requires between 175 and 260 μs to form. This situates the expected threshold frequency between 1.92 and 2.86 kHz, which is in good agreement with the value obtained experimentally.
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Alexandre Nominé,, Anna V. Nominé, N. st. j. Braithwaite, T. Belmonte, G. Henrion. High-Frequency-Induced Cathodic Breakdown during Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation. Physical Review Applied, American Physical Society, 2017, 8 (3), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevApplied.8.031001⟩. ⟨hal-02106024⟩

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