High-Performance Nickel-Containing Connector Alloys (10060)

By Frank Emely, Apr 1991. 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 of computers, communications, automobiles, aircraft, appliances and military and industrial equipment. It is estimated that the United States automotive industry consumes more than 100 million terminals daily with a double-digit growth rate. While many connections are permanent, including soldered and crimp types, many are separable types that allow the parts of the connection to be joined, separated and rejoined mechanically or manually as needed. All connectors share one function in common: to allow an electric current to pass across the connector interface with as little electrical resistance, a nd consequently I2R heating, as possible.

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