Test Strips: Nickel Iron PN: 2042B

$156.25 $125.00


The Bent Strip Method (Deposit Stress Analyzer System) is now approved as ASTM Standard B975

PN: 2042B Test Strips are made from Nickel-Iron Alloy material .0015 inch thick for tensile deposit stress only.The deposit stress determinations between 500-100,000 psi.  This material self-activates in most electroless plating baths. They also work for Chrome, Gold, Palladium, Rhodium, and Platinum plating.

Important: Each unit ordered includes 25 test strips.

*To determine which test strip to use see Test Parameters.

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NOTE: During plating a test strip is exposed to a uniform current density along the legs of the strip.  The plating test should be continued until the test strip legs deflect up to 20 units and with a target thickness that does not exceed approximately 100 microinches for the most accurate results.  Very low stress may show only 1-2 units.


Stress Characteristics


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Compressive Stress– When the resist is outward. Tensile Stress– When the plated surface is outward.

Test Strip Tensile Stress Compressive Stress Range, PSI Composition
1194 Yes Yes 1,500 – 145,000 Copper-Iron Alloy
 2042B  Yes  No 500-100,000  Nickel-Iron Alloy
270NI Yes Yes 200 – 60,000 Pure Nickel


Plating Procedure

Plating Procedure

Best results are obtained with a test set up similar to the above photograph. Anodes should be located at least three inches away from the Test Strip and should be positioned in a parallel plane with the Test Strip. Electrical contact should be made at the top of the Test Strip where there is a void in the masking material. The Test Strip should be immersed until only about 1″ remains above the solution level.

The plating current density should be adjusted with a given electrolyte so as not to cause deposit burning at the Test Strip’s tips, yet sufficient enough to conduct a rapid test. Preferably, the current density should be maintained at the approximate value at which the bath is normally worked


Test Strip and Anode Considerations

Metallic Deposit Test Strip Anodes*
Cadmium 1194 Cadmium
Chromium 270NI, 2042B Lead
Cobalt 1194 Cobalt
Copper 1194 Copper
Gold 270NI, 2042B Platinum Coated Titanium
Nickel 1194, 270NI Nickel
Palladium 270NI, 2042B Platinum Coated Titanium
Platinum 270NI, 2042B Platinum
Rhodium 270NI, 2042B Platinum Coated Titanium
Silver 1194 Silver
Tin 1194 Tin
Zinc 1194 Zinc

*Two are required, similar in composition, shape and size. Two Anodes 2 3/8″ (61mm) x 2 3/8″ (61mm) (Can be purchased from Kocour Company).

Note: For Electroless Nickel activation is not required for Chemically induced metallic deposition.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 8 x 2 in