Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur

Second Advisor

Dr. Massood Atashbar

Third Advisor

Dr. Daniel Kujawski

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


To improve Young's modulus of 2024-T3 rolled aluminum specimens, it was electroplated with nickel reinforced with nano-particles of γAl2O3. Taguchi method was used to investigate the effect of coating variables, which were current density, coating time, and mixing rate, on the coating thickness. The coatings were tested for crystallographic texture, using pole figures of (200) and (111) for nickel and (400) for γAl2O3. Surface topography was measured using WYKO Vertical Interference Microscope. The crystallographic texture of nickel in the coating depended on the coating conditions. A universal testing machine was- used to measure the elastic modulus. The values of Young's modulus demonstrated strong anisotropy as a result of the crystallographic texture. The effect of coating parameters on the surface topography was studied.