Electroplating Nickel Onto Steel

We electroplated nickel onto plain steel and tested the factors that affect how much nickel was plated onto the steel. By measuring the mass of the steel before and after being electroplated with nickel we were able to determine the amount of nickel electroplated. By varying the temperature of the solution, the time the process was run, the concentration of the solution, and the voltage run through the strips and solution we were able to determine which factors had the greatest effect on the process. Our hypothesis stated that all of these factors would affect the electroplating process but after running a four-factor DOE on our data we lacked support of our experiment. The factors did not have a profound enough effect on the process.

Research Done By:

Michael Peterson
Cousino High School

Paul Pfaff
Warren Woods Tower High School