One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alloy of nickel with chromium (10 to 20 per cent) and sometimes iron (up to 25 per cent), used chiefly in high-temperature applications such as electrical heating elements.as modifier ‘Nichrome wire’
- ‘We can help you determine the proper size and configuration of nichrome for your equipment.’
- ‘Try thicker nichrome wire, or more simply make the span shorter with more supports between hanging objects.’
- ‘Not that they are always so inclined - physics students still ask about the ‘nichrome wire’ experiment.’
- ‘It is easy to sterilize and reuse because nichrome wire resists deterioration with repeated heat/cooling cycles.’
- ‘The packaging, sealing and mechanical protection of nichrome resistor films is critical to prevent failures in a nichrome chip when subjected to moisture.’
Early 20th century: blend of nickel and chrome.
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