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Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

The Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation treatment is a process made through electrical discharges that take advantage of heavy materials and free electrolytes.

This process is an advanced oxidation process of light alloys of aluminum, magnesium and titanium. This special project was developed a few decades ago in the Russian laboratories to improve characteristics of the lightweight materials used in the space and military spaces

The Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation process gives the alloy surface very special characteristics regarding hardness and wear resistance.


The chemical process

This is possible thanks to a very fine and compact matrix of alpha and microcrystalline gamma alumina and amorphous alumina embedded on the surface.
Road bike wheels treated with Plasma Electrolytic Oxidations take a new really engaging total black look, also interesting for the excellent wear resistance thanks to the high hardness of the layer.

Fulcrum® R&D department has chosen to use this treatment also on the aluminum braking surface, developing a new design created by turning that allows superior braking efficiency.
Specified brake pads should be used with this special finishing.