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ASM Handbook

Surface Engineering

Edited by
C.M. Cotell
C.M. Cotell
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J.A. Sprague
J.A. Sprague
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F.A. Smidt, Jr.
F.A. Smidt, Jr.
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ASM International
Volume
5
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-170-2
Publication date:
1994
Book Chapter

Alkaline Cleaning

By
Gerald J. Cormier
Gerald J. Cormier
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Parker+Amchem, Henkel Corporation
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Published:
1994
Page range:
18 - 20

Abstract

Alkaline cleaning is a commonly used method for removing a wide variety of soils from the surface of metals. This article focuses on the composition, operating conditions, and test and control of alkaline cleaners, as well as equipment used and their application methods. It describes the mechanisms of alkaline cleaning, such as saponification, displacement, emulsification and dispersion, and metal oxide dissolution. The article concludes with information of the safety and environmental considerations in the usage of alkaline cleaners.

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Gerald J. Cormier, 1994. "Alkaline Cleaning", Surface Engineering, C.M. Cotell, J.A. Sprague, F.A. Smidt, Jr.

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