A method of polishing metals by means of an electrolytic jet at extremely high current densities (to 1750 amps per sq in.) is described. Data are presented on the relation of polishing effect on various metals to current density and electrolyte flow rate for several electrolytes. An experimental method is described whereby the relationship of the above factors can be determined. It was found that all metals investigated could be polished at high enough current densities. Previous theories of electrolytic polishing are discussed and shown to not fully account for the process investigated. A modified theory to account for polishing at the high current densities observed is presented and is supported by mathematical analysis based on fundamental mass transfer considerations.

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