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FPLP Designation of Plenum cable which meets Steiner Tunnel test for Fire Protection Signaling Systems
FPLR Designation of Riser cable which meets Riser flame test for Fire Protection Signaling Systems
FR-1 A flammability rating established by underwriter laboratories for wires and cables that pass a specially designed vertical flame test. This designation has been replaced by VW-1.
Frequency Number of times an alternating current reverses itself in one second. Expressed Hertz (Hz), which is one cycle per second.
FT1 A flammability rating established by CSA for wires or cables that pass a specially designed vertical flame test
FT4 A flammability rating established by CSA for multi-conductor cables that pass a specially designed vertical tray fire test
FT6 A flammability rating established by CSA for multi-conductor cables that pass a horizontal flame and smoke test; sometimes referred to as the "Steiner Tunnel Test"
Gang Strip Simultaneous stripping of all conductors in a flat or ribbon cable
Gas Filled Cable A self-contained pressure cable in which the pressure medium is an inert gas having access to the insulation
Gauge A term used to denote the physical size of a wire
Ground A conducting connection between an electrical circuit and the Earth or other large conducting body to serve as an Earth, thus making a complete electrical circuit
GTO Gas, tube, oil
GTO cable Gas, tube, oil ignition cable
Halar A trade name of Ausimont USA for their copolymer or ethylene and chlorotrifluoroethylene (Abbreviation: ECTFE)
Halogen Any of the five elements: Fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine. These elements may be combined with insulation compounds to enhance flame retardancy.
Hard Drawn Copper Wire Copper wire that has not been annealed after drawing
Harmonized (HAR) These are products intended for use in Europe that fall under the Harmonization Documents. These items must be manufactured within a member country there are no exceptions. For this reason these carry the name and/or file numbers of the producing party. Products that comply with this are P/N Series 1900 through 1906 and P/N Series 1915 through 1925.
Harness An arrangement of wires and cables, usually with many breakouts, which have been tied together or pulled into a rubber or plastic sheath, used to interconnect an electric circuit
Hash Mark Stripe A non-continuous helical strip applied to a conductor for identification
Heat Distortion Distortion or flow of a material configuration due to application of heat
Heat Endurance The time of heat aging that a material can withstand before failing a specific physical or electrical test
Heat Resistance Ability of a substance to maintain physical and chemical identity and electrical integrity under specified temperature conditions
Heat Seal A method for sealing by thermal fusion
Heat Shock A test to determine stability of a material by sudden exposure to a high temperature for a short period of time
Heavy Tinned Copper A material used for conductors; similar to tinned copper except with a heavier tin thickness
Helical Stripe A continuous, colored, spiral stripe applied to a conductor for circuit identification
Henry Unit of inductance, such that the induced voltage in volts is numerically equal to the rate of change in current in amperes per second
Hermetically Sealed A gas-tight enclosure that has been completely sealed by fusion or other comparable means
Hertz(Hz) A term replacing cycles-per-second as a unit of frequency
Hi-Pot A test designed to determine the electrical integrity of an insulation

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