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What metals can be used as electrical conductors?

September 27, 2021 12:15 pm

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It is essential for modern technology to have metal that conducts electricity. The workings of mobile phones, televisions, kettles, and many other appliances require the conduction of the power throughout the machine. This is where the best conductive metal is needed.  An example of a metal product that helps to conduct heat and electricity is the 6mm Copper Pipe that you can find from Watkins & Powis.

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Certain metals are able to conduct electricity as a result of metallic bonding. This type of bond sees the atoms within the metal covered with electrons that are constantly moving. It is these electrons that allows the metal to then conduct electricity.

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Whilst all metals will have some degree of conductivity, although some of it is so small you wouldn’t notice it, there are some metals that have higher levels of conductivity than others. Some of the best metals for this are silver, aluminium, copper, steel, brass and even gold.

Silver is in fact the metal with the highest conductive capabilities and this is closely followed by copper. This is why copper is used in so many electronic items and in the wires that are used to send electricity from the mains cables through to our appliances.Copper can also be soldered easily and be used to wire into wires and in some cases other wires are given a copper plating to help them with their conductivity.

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