Copper-Oxide used in glaze for porcelain insulators

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Electric Journal

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
vol. 33, no. 1, p. 22, col. 2

Copper-Oxide Glaze

for Insulators


Another broadcasting nuisance has been forced off the air. Porcelain insulators have in some cases been serving as miniature broadcasting stations because the high-resistance contact existing between the copper conductor and the porcelain gives rise to arc-type 60-cycle charging currents. The solution is, paradoxially, to make the insulator more conducting, at least in the region of the conductor. A copper-oxide coating is applied to the insulator top during the process of its manufacture. This glaze is subsequently reduced to metallic copper by a chemical process and then given a coating of tin to protect it from abrasion, so that the conductor makes intimate contact with the porcelain and eliminates all arcing.


Keywords:Porcelain : Radio Treatment
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:September 28, 2010 by: Bob Stahr;