Nickel in Electronics

Nickel-containing materials form the basis of some key components in the electronics industry. This includes nickel-irons, stainless steels, high nickel alloys, nickel-containing copper alloys, nickel-plating, nickel-containing solders, nickel chemicals and others.  Applications range from very large electronic pieces to nano-scale technology.  They include everything from circuits to batteries to fuel cells to decorative applications.  Properties of interest include electrical conductivity, magnetic permeability, thermal conductivity, thermal expansion, hardness, strength, formability, and ability to be soldered, brazed or welded. Further details on this segment, see Applications and Materials Selection.

Related News and Articles

Shielding for Safety (Nickel Magazine, Nov. 2010)
Whether in hospitals, clinics or your private home, shielding of medical equipment from electromagnetic waves is critical for the proper functioning of these devices.   

Fuel Cells (Nickel Magazine, June 2010)
Research continues on developing more efficient and lower cost Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), and nickel-containing materials are involved.   

Green Cars: Recycling Batteries (Nickel Magazine, June 2010)
Processes have been developed to maximize the recovery of the major components including nickel from both Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and even Lithium Ion batteries.   

Solar Solution (Nickel Magazine, Dec. 2008)
How nickel stainless steels are improving the prospects for solar energy. 

News and Articles on electronics.

Technical Literature

Nickel Alloys for Electronics, NI Publication 11002
Detailed property information on various iron-nickel alloys, high nickel alloys, stainless steels and nickel-containing copper alloys is provided for engineers to assist in selecting the appropriate material. 

High-Performance Nickel-Containing Connector Alloys, NI Publication 10060
Connectors and interconnections are the necessary links tying together and rerouting electrical and electronic power, control, and signal movements between components and operational units in today's high technology world. All connectors share one function in common: to allow an electric current to pass across the connector interface with as little electrical resistance, and consequently I2R heating, as possible.

Nickel-Chromium Alloys for Electrical Resistance Heating, NI Publication 10041
Materials for electric heating depend on an inherent resistance to the flow of electricity to generate heat and the nickel-chromium alloys are widely used. This report looks closely at the following subjects: alloys and properties; types of resistance elements; heater design concepts; terminals, leads and connections; how electric resistance alloys work; effect of processing; nickel-chromium alloy heating element design; failure analysis; and basic calculations.

Other publications related to the electronics industry.