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Scientists from Plasmoteg Scientific and Engineering Centre at National Academy of Sciences’ Physical-Technical Institute develop first electrolytic plasma polishing technology for magnesium goods

Domestic specialists have long mastered electrolytic plasma polishing of goods made from non-corrosive and carbon steels, as well as aluminium and titanium. However, this is the first time that they’ve polished goods manufactured from magnesium. Foreign specialists, including those from the Korean Institute of Industrial Technology, are already taking interest in our innovation.

Scientists believe that the new Belarusian development has promise, with the world’s largest industrial manufacturers trying to enhance the quality of their produce by applying magnesium. The metal is popularly used in mobile phone production, being strong, and shock and vibration resistant, while easily processed mechanically. Its major advantage is its density, since magnesium is almost 4.5 times lighter than steel and 1.5 times lighter than aluminium. For this reason, it is widely used in the manufacture of automobiles, with magnesium alloys allowing the weight of vehicles to be reduced, allowing speedier acceleration. “Goods from magnesium should be polished before being covered with lacquer and paint; our technology is very useful for this purpose,” notes Plasmoteg’s Deputy Director, Nikolay Chekan.

Plasmoteg is now launching the technology of electrolytic plasma polishing of aluminium goods. “We’re currently testing our method of polishing aluminium alloy components for our producers of light-emitting diodes and are already seeing good results,” adds Mr. Chekan.

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