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1.1 The techniques described in this guide apply to electrical circuits that include one or more electrical contacts in devices such as slip rings, separable connectors, electromechanical relays or closed switch contacts. The user should determine applicability for other devices.
1.2 The range of techniques described apply to circuit discontinuities (intermittences) of durations ranging from approximately 10 nanoseconds to several seconds and of sufficient magnitude to cause alteration of the circuit function. Extension of the guide to shorter duration events may be possible with suitable instrumentation. Events of longer duration may be monitored by techniques for dc measurements such as those described in Test Methods B539 or by adaptation of methods described in this guide.
1.3 The techniques described in this guide apply to electrical circuits carrying currents typical of signal circuits. Such currents are generally less than 100 ma. Extension of these techniques to circuits carrying larger currents may be possible, but the user should evaluate applicability first.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
B539 Test Methods for Measuring Resistance of Electrical Connections (Static Contacts)
B542 Terminology Relating to Electrical Contacts and Their Use
B615 Practice for Measuring Electrical Contact Noise in Sliding Electrical Contacts
B878 Test Method for Nanosecond Event Detection for Electrical Contacts and Connectors
Other DocumentsEIA-364-46 Continuity Test Procedure for Electrical Connectors Available from Electronic Industries Association, 2001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20006. IEC Publication 512 Test 2e Contact Disturbance Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.
ICS Number Code 29.120.20 (Connecting devices)
UNSPSC Code 39121522(Electrical contacts)
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ASTM B854-98(2004), Standard Guide for Measuring Electrical Contact Intermittences, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2004, www.astm.orgBack to Top