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Term Description
Tank Test A voltage dielectric test in which the test sample is submerged in water and the voltage is applied between the conductor and the water as the ground
Tape Shields A shield made from various materials that normally consists of a laminate of aluminum and polyester layers joined together by adhesive
Tape Wrap A spirally applied tape over an insulated or uninsulated wire
Tear Strength The force required to initiate or continue a tear in a material under specified conditions
Technischer Überwachungsverein, English translation: Technical Inspection Association (TÜV) TÜV America Inc., a subsidiary of Group TÜV Süddeutschland, is a business-to- business engineering services firm providing international safety testing and certification services.
Teflon A DuPont company trademark for a family of fluorocarbon resins
Telecommunications Industry Association/Electronics Industry Association (TIA/EIA) The Technical Committee has overall responsibility for establishing the broad technical policy of the Association, including the organization and operating policies of the Standards and Technology Department and Engineering Committees.
Temperature Rating The maximum temperature at which an insulating material may be used in continuous operation without loss of its basic properties
Temperature Requirement This involves both the upper and low end temperatures required for the product or environment
Tensile Strength The pull stress required to break a given specimen
Tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) A compound that contains flourine in molecular structure, used for both insulation and jacket and has a maximum continuous operating temperature of 260°C and intermittent operating temperature range of 316°C
Thermal Rating The maximum and/or minimum temperature at which a material will perform its function without undue degradation
Thermal Shock A test to determine the ability of a material to withstand heat and cold by subjecting it to rapid and wide changes in temperature
Thermocouple A device consisting of 2 dissimilar metals in physical contact, which when heated will develop an EMF output
Thermocouple Element A thermocouple designed to be used as part of an assemble, but without associated parts such as the terminal block, connecting head, or protecting tube
Thermocouple Extension Wire A pair of wires of dissimilar alloys having emf-temperature characteristics complimenting the thermocouple which is intended to be used, such that when properly connected it allows the emf to be faithfully transmitted to the reference junction
Thermocouple Wire (Grade) A pair of wires of dissimilar alloys having emf-temperature characteristics calibrated to higher temperature levels than the extension type of thermocouple wire
Thermoplastic A material which softens when heated and becomes firm on cooling
Thermoplastic - Insulated Wire UL (Underwriter's Laboratories) Standard 83; National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 310 of NFPA 70
Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) or Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) A class of copolymers that have rubber-like attributes with the processability of thermoplastic materials, can be made highly flame-resistant
Thermoplastic Insulated Wires and Cables CSA (Canadian Standards Association International) Standard C22.2 No. 75-M1983; Canadian Electrical Code, Part II
Thermoset A material which hardens or sets by heat, chemical or radiation cross-linking techniques and which, once set, cannot be resoftened by heating
Thermoset Insulated Wires and Cables CSA (Canadian Standards Association International) Standard C22.2 No. 38-95; Canadian Electrical Code, Part II
THHN 90C, 600V, nylon jacketed building wire for dry locations
THWN 75C, 600V, nylon jacketed building wire for wet and dry locations
Tin Overcoat (TOC) Tinned copper wire, stranded, then coated with tin
Tinned Copper Tin coating added to copper to aid in soldering and inhibit corrosion
Tinsel A type of electrical conductor comprised of a number of tiny threads with a fine, flat ribbon of copper or other metal closely spiraled about it. Used for small size cables requiring limpness and extra-long flex life.
Topcoat Bare (untinned) copper wire, stranded, then coated with tin
Topcoated Copper Bare copper strands twisted together and a tin coating applied overall

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