Covering the theory, application, and testing of contact materials, Electrical Contacts: Principles and Applications, Second Edition introduces a thorough discussion on making electric contact and contact interface conduction; presents a general outline of, and measurement techniques for, important corrosion mechanisms; considers the results of contact wear when plug-in connections are made and broken; investigates the effect of thin noble metal plating on electronic connections; and relates crucial considerations for making high- and low-power contact joints. It examines contact use in switching devices, including the interruption of AC and DC circuits with currents in the range 10mA to 100kA and circuits up to 1000V, and describes arc formation between open contacts and between opening contacts. Arcing effects on contacts such as erosion, welding, and contamination are also addressed.

Containing nearly 3,000 references, tables, equations, figures, drawings, and photographs, the book provides practical examples encompassing everything from electronic circuits to high power circuits, or microamperes to mega amperes. The new edition:

  • Reflects the latest advances in electrical contact science and technology
  • Examines current research on contact corrosion, materials, and switching
  • Includes updates and revisions in each chapter, as well as up-to-date references and new figures and examples throughout
  • Delivers three new chapters on the effects of dust contamination, electronic sensing for switching systems, and contact phenomena for micro-electronic systems (MEMS) applications

With contributions from recognized experts in the field, Electrical Contacts: Principles and Applications, Second Edition assists practicing scientists and engineers in the prevention of costly system failures, as well as offers a comprehensive introduction to the subject for technology graduate students, by expanding their knowledge of electrical contact phenomena.

part 1|228 pages

Contact Interface Conduction

chapter 1|109 pages

Electrical Contact Resistance: Fundamental Principles

ByRoland S. Timsit

chapter 2|26 pages

Introduction to Contact Tarnishing and Corrosion

ByPaul G. Slade

chapter 3|45 pages

Gas Corrosion

ByWilliam H. Abbott, Paul G. Slade

chapter 4|44 pages

Effect of Dust Contamination on Electrical Contacts

ByJi Gao Zhang

part 2|321 pages

Nonarcing Contacts

chapter 5|143 pages

Power Connectors

ByMilenko Braunovic

chapter 6|37 pages

Low–Power Commercial, Automotive, and Appliance Connections

ByAnthony Lee, George Drew

chapter 8|31 pages

Materials, Coatings, and Platings

ByMorton Antler, Slade Paul G.

part 3|325 pages

The Electric Arc and Switching Device Technology

chapter 9|64 pages

The Arc and Interruption

ByPaul G. Slade

chapter 10|56 pages

The Consequences of Arcing

ByPaul G. Slade

chapter 11|30 pages

Reed Switches

ByKunio Hinohara

chapter 12|28 pages

Low Current and High Frequency Miniature Switches: Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Metal Contact Switches

ByBenjamin F. Toler, Ronald A. Coutu, John W. McBride

chapter 13|54 pages

Low Current Switching

ByJohn W. McBride

chapter 15|27 pages

Arc Faults and Electrical Safety

ByJohn J. Shea

part 4|161 pages

Arcing Contact Materials

chapter 16|74 pages

Arcing Contact Materials

ByGerald J. Witter

chapter 17|21 pages

Contact Design and Attachment

ByGerald J. Witter, Guenther Horn

chapter 18|29 pages

Electrical Contact Material Testing Design and Measurement

ByGerald J. Witter, Werner Rieder

chapter 19|33 pages

Arc Interactions with Contaminants

ByGerald J. Witter, Werner Rieder

part 5|153 pages

Sliding Electrical Contacts

chapter 20|39 pages

Sliding Electrical Contacts (Graphitic Type Lubrication)

ByKiochiro Sawa, Erle I. Shobert

chapter 21|11 pages

Illustrative Modern Brush Applications

ByWilferd E. Yohe, William A. Nystrom

chapter 22|57 pages

Sliding Contacts for Instrumentation and Control

ByGlenn Dorsey, Jax Glossbrenner

chapter 23|41 pages

Metal Fiber Brushes

ByGlenn Dorsey, Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf

part 6|18 pages

Contact Data

chapter 24|16 pages

Useful Electric Contact Information

ByPaul G. Slade