Dr. Bob reviews two recently published papers to draw conclusions on the possible use of nanocrystalline silver alloy contact finishes in electronic applications. [twitter style=”horizontal”] [linkedin_share style=”none”] In my previousRead More
New silver alloys address the issues of durability and conductivity through a fundamental difference in crystalline structure. Dr. Bob takes a closer look at nanocrystalline silver contact platings. [twitter style=”horizontal”]Read More
To honor his former colleague Max Peel, who passed away in April, Dr. Bob discusses gold flash contact finishes and the warning that is Peel’s Law. This article will eventuallyRead More
Dr. Bob follows up his recent article on connector contact lubricants with a look at connector corrosion and contact resistance. While I was making the final edits to my recentRead More
Connector contact lubricants can reduce mating forces and contact wear, and there are lubricants to do just that. But the real goal is to get more than just friction/wear reductionRead More
October 2013 – In a follow-up to Dr. Bob’s article on connector wear in the last issue, his colleague Max Peel discusses the challenges of vibration in both connector and end-system designs. In the case of vibration testing, EIA requirements generally include a visual for structural integrity and monitoring for a 1.0 microsecond interruption. Occasionally low-level contact resistance or contact resistance at rated current measurements are included. This is the area for review, and change is necessary but somewhat complex.
September 2013 – Wear issues are best addressed in the design and manufacture of the connector system. Dr. Bob explains what causes wear in a connector and how the science behind the process works, then makes recommendations to help protect against connector wear in your next design.
April 2, 2013 – Dr. Bob returns with part two of our feature on porosity. He responds to his cohort, Max Peel — is this the moment they will agree on everything?
March 5, 2013 – Pore corrosion is time-dependent and porosity has caused field problems in as little as a few weeks or as long as years down the line, depending on the application environment and performance requirements. Max Peel of Contech Research explains the causes and concerns of porosity, and his cohort Dr. Bob returns next month with part two of this tutorial.
October 2012 – In a recent article in Connector Supplier, Max Peel discussed the history and technology of nickel underplates in electrical connectors. This article contains Dr. Bob’s nickel’s worth in response.
August 7, 2012 – Nickel is the underplate material of choice and has been such since the late ’70s. Here’s a look at its history — and at its pros and cons.
Stress Relaxation II Effects on Performance The February feature, Stress Relaxation I: Mechanisms, Materials and Temperature, described the mechanism of stress relaxation as repositioning of atoms to reduce localized stressesRead More