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# conductive difference between steel and stainless steel.

Tue 19 Nov, 2013 12:07 pm
I'm not finding much information on this topic and it's kind of bugging me. I'm repairing a hot start heating element for a diesel engine. It's for jacket water pre heat. There are 3 heating element powered by 440 and of course the have to have small metal buses (jumpers) to complete the circuit between each element. One of the jumpers burned up and I need to replace it. I don't have a piece of stainless steel handy of course but I do have a perfect piece of steel that would fit. My only concern is the conductive differences between the two metals, if applicable. Any information or references where I might find the information would be helpful. Thanks!
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timur

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Tue 19 Nov, 2013 12:36 pm
You are going to have a problem replacing stainless steel with steel (carbon iron).

They have different conductivities, either electrical or thermal.

Check here:

Electrical
Thermal
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dalehileman

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Tue 19 Nov, 2013 02:46 pm
@Gasca101,
Not knowing the dimensions of the size or thickness of the bus. If it's short and fat I'd suppose not much difference in resistance but i'll bet you could learn a lot more Googling; though it might take all day. So why not just try it and see what happens. If the bus stays cool you're okay. However stainless might survive longer
dalehileman

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Wed 20 Nov, 2013 05:17 pm
@dalehileman,
So Gas did you proceed and how'd it work out
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danielclinton

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Mon 10 Feb, 2014 02:12 am
Generally, there are two types of conductivity first is Thermal conductivity and second is Electrical conductivity. Thermal conductivity runs through (Conduction is a mode of transfer of matter between bodies of matter that is caused by a temperature gradient).Electrical conductivity (EC) is a property that is used to describe how well materials allow electrons to flow.
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