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    ASTM B904 - 00(2021)

    Standard Specification for Autocatalytic Nickel over Autocatalytic Copper for Electromagnetic Interference Shielding

    Active Standard ASTM B904 | Developed by Subcommittee: B08.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.05

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    This specification covers the requirements for multilayer coatings of autocatalytic nickel-phosphorus over autocatalytic copper intended for electromagnetic interference or electrostatic discharge shielding to parts fabricated from either polymeric or metallic substrates or parts. Coatings are classified into four types based on thickness and testing requirements, and into two grades based on alloy composition, specifically phosphorus. Surfaces shall be prepared by cleaning it of surface contaminants, conditioning, and activation; identifying of base material suitability; and mechanical roughening. Coatings shouldl be inspected for process qualification, appearance, blisters, unplated areas, adhesion, electrical continuity, and DC resistance. Coatings should also be tested for thickness, which may be performed either by Coulometric, X-ray, or Beta backscatter methods. The requirements for process qualification shall include coating composition, electrical integrity, adhesion, thermal shock resistance, thermal cycling, and shielding effectiveness.

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    A919 Terminology Relating to Heat Treatment of Metals

    B183 Practice for Preparation of Low-Carbon Steel for Electroplating

    B242 Guide for Preparation of High-Carbon Steel for Electroplating

    B252 Guide for Preparation of Zinc Alloy Die Castings for Electroplating and Conversion Coatings

    B253 Guide for Preparation of Aluminum Alloys for Electroplating

    B320 Practice for Preparation of Iron Castings for Electroplating

    B322 Guide for Cleaning Metals Prior to Electroplating

    B374 Terminology Relating to Electroplating

    B504 Test Method for Measurement of Thickness of Metallic Coatings by the Coulometric Method

    B532 Specification for Appearance of Electroplated Plastic Surfaces

    B533 Test Method for Peel Strength of Metal Electroplated Plastics

    B553 Test Method for Thermal Cycling of Electroplated Plastics

    B554 Practice for Measurement of Thickness of Metallic Coatings on Nonmetallic Substrates

    B567 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thickness by the Beta Backscatter Method

    B568 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thickness by X-Ray Spectrometry

    B602 Test Method for Attribute Sampling of Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B697 Guide for Selection of Sampling Plans for Inspection of Electrodeposited Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B727 Practice for Preparation of Plastics Materials for Electroplating

    B733 Specification for Autocatalytic (Electroless) Nickel-Phosphorus Coatings on Metal

    D3330/D3330M Test Method for Peel Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Tape

    D3359 Test Methods for Rating Adhesion by Tape Test

    D4935 Test Method for Measuring the Electromagnetic Shielding Effectiveness of Planar Materials

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 25.220.40 (Metallic coatings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

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    DOI: 10.1520/B0904-00R21

    Citation Format

    ASTM B904-00(2021), Standard Specification for Autocatalytic Nickel over Autocatalytic Copper for Electromagnetic Interference Shielding, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

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