Tinning braided copper wire - Extending Copper’s Remarkable Propertiesby Rajat Singh writer
Copper because of its unique properties continues to be the preferred material for various wiring systems and other applications.
It is widely used on a standalone basis or as an alloy to improve certain physical characteristics.
For example, tinning braided copper wire (copper-tin alloy) has wide applications as flexible connectors for electrical appliances, electrical stoves and batteries.
But it is copper as the base metal that provides the vital properties needed for wiring and other applications.
Let us try to analyze why is copper the favored material.
It is the benchmark for conductivity
With its unique current carrying ability, copper is more efficient than any other conductor. Today annealed copper is the international standard to which all other wires or conductors are compared.
Aluminum a cheaper alternative is also a good conductor but nowhere in comparison to copper. Because of aluminums’ lower conductivity, it must have a larger diameter to carry the same current. It is for this reason smaller diameter copper wires can be used to fit in any sized conduits however small.
Another singular advantage is that copper oxide is also a good conductor. Because of this property wiring connections and terminations do not overheat and so do not require oxide-inhibiting compounds.
Copper has good strength
Because of its exceptional strength, copper along with its alloys withstand severe mechanical working such as stretching and breaking. On the other hand, aluminum when pulled through conduits and cable trays tend to break.
Copper harmonizes well with connectors
Copper wire is connected in buildings with brass and high quality screws providing sturdy non-corrosive creep resistant connections.
Copper has strength, ductility and is easy to install
Copper when pulled through ducts or conduits bends and twists easily, resists stretching, neck-down and breakage. This makes copper easy to work with. For example, Tinning braided copper wire as an alloy of copper has wide use in electrical and electronic appliances.
Copper has corrosion resistance
This remarkable property of copper lends itself to many uses in a humid tropical country like India. Copper wiring also resists corrosion caused due to industrial pollution and other atmospheric influences.
Copper fulfils all technical codes
With years of successful use in many applications, copper has now become the industry standard. Wiring made of copper meets all international and national codes and regulations for electrical conductors.
Uses of Tinning braided copper wire
With technological advances in electroplating, copper electroplated with tin or nickel has found specific uses.
As braids, copper and copper alloys have wide applications specifically as electrical components. Tinning braided copper wire is widely used in telecom and automobile components.
Tinning braided copper wire is available in the market in sizes 4 square mm and above. Indian manufacturers are offering an assortment of braid types, including flat, round, rope and layered, with different strand sizes, finishes, termination options, and insulated.
The wire manufacturing industry in India has developed sufficient expertise to manufacture not only standard products, but also products tailored to customers’ needs.
With optimism for growth in the telecom and power sectors prevailing in the country, the copper wire segment is sure to witness better times in the days to come.
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