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Technical Tidbits Newsletter

The Technical Tidbits Newsletter is an extensive resource for information about materials science and engineering. This monthly newsletter can benefit practicing engineers and students alike by explaining the role of material properties in the design and reliability of connectors and other electromechanical components.

Topics covered include material properties, stress relaxation, reliability, fatigue, strain hardening, strengthening mechanisms, and more. Sign up on the right, to receive this informative newsletter in your inbox on the 2nd Monday of every month.

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The Latest Issues of Technical Tidbits

  1. PDF Document Dielectric Breakdown and Dielectric Strength - Issue No 120 - December 2018

    Read a detailed explanation on how under high enough electrical stress, even electrical insulators have their breaking points.

  2. PDF Document Skin Effect and Skin Depth - Issue No 119 - November 2018

    A brief discussion on how high frequency electrical signals stay largely near the surface of conductors.

  3. PDF Document Dielectric Property Effects on High Frequency Signals - Issue No 118 - October 2018

    A brief discussion on how high frequency electrical signals are affected by the dielectric properties of surrounding materials.

  4. PDF Document Dielectric Loss and Ferroelectric Hysteresis - Issue No 117 - September 2018

    A brief discussion on the ability of materials to withstand high temperatures while under stress.

  5. PDF Document Dielectric Properties Of Electrical Insulators - Issue 116 - August 2018

    A brief discussion on the ability of materials to withstand high temperatures while under stress.

  6. PDF Document Skin Effect and Skin Depth - Issue No 119 - November 2018

    A brief discussion on how high frequency electrical signals stay largely near the surface of conductors.

  7. PDF Document Stress Rupturing and Creep Rupturing - Issue 115 - July 2018

    A brief discussion on the ability of materials to withstand high temperatures while under stress.

  8. PDF Document Thermal Emissivity and Radiative Heat Transfer - Issue No 114 - June 2018

    A brief discussion on heat transfer by radiation.

  9. PDF Document Thermal Fatigue and Thermal Shock - Issue No 113 - May 2018

    A brief discussion on a number of other thermal properties.

  10. PDF Document Thermal Expansion and Contraction - Issue No 112 - April 2018

    A brief discussion on thermal expansion and contraction.

  11. PDF Document Thermal Diffusivity and Effusivity - Issue No 111 - March 2018

    A brief discussion on two more thermal properties that influence how efficiently a material can transfer heat.

  12. PDF Document Specific Heat and Thermal Mass - Issue 110 - February 2018

    A brief discussion on the importance of specific heat.

  13. PDF Document Measuring Thermal Conductivity Part 3 - Kohlrausch and Laser Flash Methods - Issue No 109 January 2018

    A brief discussion on two more methods to indirectly measure the thermal conductivity of a material.

  14. PDF Document Measuring Thermal Conductivity Part 2 - Bar and Disk Methods Issue 108 December 2017

    A brief discussion on determining thermal conductivity by measuring total heat transfer.

  15. PDF Document Measuring Thermal Conductivity Part 1 - Heat Flow Meters - Issue 107 November 2017

    A brief discussion on how thermal conductivity uses specially designed conductivity meters.

  16. PDF Document Measuring Electrical Conductivity - Issue 106 October 2017

    A brief discussion on how electrical conductivity is measured and reported.

  17. PDF Document Maxium Operating Temperature - Issue 105 - Sept 2017

    A brief discussion on which Material properties permit a material to operate effectively at high temperatures.

  18. PDF Document Electrical and Thermal Conductivity - Issue 104 August 2017

    A brief discussion on how electrical and thermal conductivity are related in copper alloys.

  19. PDF Document A Better Rate - Issue 103 - July 2017

    A brief discussion on how changes in speed affect the way that materials and environmental forces interact.

  20. PDF Document Speed-Related Scaling Effects - Issue 102 - June 2017

    A brief discussion on how changes in speed affect the way that materials and environmental forces interact.

  21. PDF Document Nonlinear Scaling Effects - Issue 101 - May 2017

    A brief discussion on how changes in scale affect the way that materials and environmental forces interact.

  22. PDF Document Learning From Failures - Issue 100 - April 2017

    A brief discussion on using short-term testing to estimate long-term failure.

  23. PDF Document Accelerated Life Testing - Issue 99 - March 2017

    A brief discussion on using short-term testing to estimate long-term failure rates.

  24. PDF Document Prediction of Temperature - Dependent Change - Issue 98-February 2017

    A brief discussion on how to predict the long-term effect of temperature on material properties.

  25. PDF Document Instantaneous vs Metallurgical Changes - Issue 97 - January 2017

    A brief discussion on how temperature affects material properties.