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Term Description
Strand A single uninsulated wire
Stranded Conductor A conductor composed of individual groups of wires twisted together to form an entire unit
Strip Force The force required to remove a small section of insulating material from the conductor it covers
Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR) A synthetic rubber that possesses excellent abrasion resistance electrical characteristics, decomposes when exposed to oil, ozone, and weather. Has an operating temperature range of -55°C to 90°C. Highly flammable unless flame retardants are added.
Suggested Working Voltage AC voltage that can be applied between adjacent conductors
Surface Resistivity The resistance of a material between two opposite sides of a unit square of its surface (usually expressed in ohms)
Surge A temporary and relatively large increase in the voltage or current in an electric circuit or cable (also called "transient")
Surlyn DuPont's trade name for their thermoplastic resin with ionic crosslinks`
Sweep Test A method to determine the frequency response of a cable by generating an RF voltage whose frequency is varied at a rapid constant rate over a given range
Switchboard Cable A cable used within and between the central office, main frames, and switchboard
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

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