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Term Description
Composite Cable A cable consisting to two or more different types or sizes of wires
Compound An insulating or jacketing material made by mixing two or more ingredients
Concentric Stranding A central wire surrounded by one or more layers of helically wound strands in a fixed round geometric arrangement
Concentricity In a wire or cable, the measurement of the location of the center of the conductor with respect to the geometric center of the surrounding insulation
Conductance The ability of a conductor to carry electric current. It is the reciprocal of resistance and is measured in mhos.
Conductivity The capability of a material to carry electrical current - usually expressed as a percentage of copper conductivity (Copper being 100%).
Conductor An uninsulated wire suitable for carrying electrical current
Conductor Materials Materials used to create conductors; most commonly copper and aluminum
Conductor Stranding Composed of uninsulated strands twisted together. Types include solid conductor and stranded conductor.
Conduit A tube or trough in which insulation wire and cables are run
Conformitè Europèenne Indicates that a product complies with a European Directive
Connector A device used to physically and electrically connect two or more conductors
Contacts The parts of a connector which actually carry the electrical current, and are touched together or separated to control the flow
Continuity Check A test to determine whether electric current flows continuously throughout the length of a single wire in a cable or not
Continuous Vulcanization Simultaneous extrusion and vulcanization of rubber-like wire coating materials
Control and Instrumentation Cables CSA (Canadian Standards Association International) Standard C22.2 No. 239-97; Canadian Electrical Code, Part II
Control Cable A multi-conductor cable made for operation in control or signal circuits
Copolymer A polymer formed from two or more types of Monomer
Copper-Clad Steel with a coating of copper welded to it, as distinguished from copper-plated (same as Copperweld)
Copperweld The trade name of Flexo Wire Division (Copperweld Steel Corp.) for their copper-clad steel conductors
Cord A small, flexible insulated cable
Cord Sets and Power Supply Cords CSA (Canadian Standards Association International) Standard C22.2 No. 21; CSA Standard C22.2 No. 0; Canadian Electrical Code, Part II
Core In cables, a component or assembly of components over which additional components (shield, sheath, etc.) are applied
Corona A discharge due to ionization of air around a conductor due to a potential gradient exceeding a certain critical value
Corona Effect (of A.C.) In wiring, the effect produced when two wires or other conductors have a great difference of voltage and are placed near each other
Corona Loss A loss or discharge which occurs when two electrodes have a great difference of pressure and are placed near each other
Corona Resistance The ability of an insulation to withstand a specified level of field-intensified ionization that does not result in the immediate complete breakdown of the insulation
Corona Test A test to determine the ability of a cable to withstand the formation of corona under an increasing applied voltage, and to extinguish corona when a corona-producing voltage is reduced
Corrosion The deterioration of a material by chemical reaction of galvanic action
Crazing The minute cracks on the surface of plastic materials

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