On definition of intermittency phenomena in electrical connectors during low frequency fretting

McBride, J.W. and Maul, C. (2008) On definition of intermittency phenomena in electrical connectors during low frequency fretting. Tribology - Materials, Surfaces & Interfaces, 2, (1), 50-56. (doi:10.1179/175158308X320746).


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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/175158308X320746


Fretting is known to be a major cause of contact deterioration and failure in connector systems.
During fretting the contact resistance generally increases slowly with time. Superimposed on this
slow increase in contact resistance are rapid changes in contact resistance within fractions of a
second, called intermittences or short duration discontinuities. Consideration is given to the
evaluation of surface wear during the fretting process using a 3D laser scanner. The surface wear
of both plated and solid surfaces are related to the frequency of the intermittency events. High
speed measurements of contact voltage drop and contact current have been carried out and the
results are evaluated using general contact theory. It is shown that sudden changes in contact
resistance can be caused by the interaction of surface films and metallic contact combined with
the melting of current carrying asperities. The latter phenomena also accounting for volt drops
across the contact interface which exceed the melting voltage of the material.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1179/175158308X320746
ISSNs: 1751-5831 (print)
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Keywords: intermittence, intermittency phenomena, discontinuity, contact resistance, fretting corrosion, surface wear
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Electro-Mechanical Engineering
ePrint ID: 63276
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2008Published
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:47
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63276

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