Busbars are astonishing pieces of technology that make complex power distribution simpler, more affordable and flexible. Different coating or plating materials provide varying levels of conductivity and duration of the product’s lifecycle.
Busbars are typically made from corrosion resistant copper, brass or aluminium in solid or hollow tubes. They are produced in a range of shapes including flat strips, solid bars and rods. Some of these shapes allow for more efficient Continue reading →
Even though copper is the most popular choice for use in busbars, and used very often in other electrical applications because it is more resistant to rust and corrosion than other metals, this doesn’t mean that it won’t oxidize over time.
When metals oxidize, the resistance in the conductive metal will increase, requiring more power to be used to carry current along the surface. When the copper oxidizes beyond a certain point, the metal can begin to flake and fall apart. Continue reading →
For many years, copper has been used in the manufacturing of busbars, yet not everyone truly understands the reasons behind this. There are other conductive materials that are more efficient when it comes to conducting electricity, so why rely on copper? In a time when copper prices are climbing higher every month, it would appear to be wiser to perhaps choose a different conductive material for busbars.
Why Continue to use Copper?
Perhaps the first and most important reason why copper is used in the manufacture of busbars is because it is resistant to oxidation. This means that no matter what level of moisture in the atmosphere or the kind of weather that is experienced, copper will not break down or oxidize. Continue reading →