Cylinder Bore – Nikasil

Nikasil cylinder bore surface texture

From Charles Navaro of LN Engineering:

This data is a sample coupon of a Nikasil® plated, used Porsche cylinder, below ring travel.

This surface is indicative of a freshly-honed Nikasil, NSC, or nickel silicon carbide plated cylinder bore. Nikasil is electroplated onto the cylinder bore approximately .004-.005” thick and is then diamond plateau honed. The crosshatch angle is typically shallower and the surface finish smoother than commonly found on steel or iron cylinder bores.

During break-in, very little changes to the surface profile on a Nikasil cylinder as the piston ring will wear in or break into the cylinder bore, unlike an iron or steel cylinder bore.

Measured via Zygo ZeGage Plus (10x)

Data source: Charles Navaro and LN Engineering

Nikasil is a registered trademark of Mahle Gesellschaft Mit Beschrankter Haftung.

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How to cite

If you use this dataset, please reference it as follows:

Digital Metrology Solutions. “Surface Library.” Digitalmetrology, Accessed Feb 29, 2024.