Home Resource Center Technical Papers Composite and Clad Metals 20- Preliminary Report on the Properties of Thin Au Alloy Connector Contact Materials for Telecom Applications #20- Preliminary Report on the Properties of Thin Gold (Au) Alloy Connector Contact Materials for Telecom Applications Abstract: On a per-ounce basis, Pd is currently more expensive than gold. Supply is also a potential problem because most Pd originates in Russia. This Materion Technical Materials paper provides an update of our current efforts on replacing Pd-based systems with thinner, harder gold alloys. These systems offer greater nobility, high hardness and excellent formability, and are currently cost-competitive with qualified Pd-based systems. Select material properties are provided as well as performance data from ductility, corrosion, and sliding wear tests. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS FULL TEXT VERSION OF THIS PAPER.