Nickel Chrome 200
The Crazy Wire Company are well known as suppliers of top-quality nickel chrome 200 nickel wire. We have enormous stock levels at all times, as we use this wire to weave our high specification woven mesh products. Our brilliant staff are experts in producing our spools of round wire on our 6 rapid action winding machines. All spools are produced to carry a little extra length to make up for any waste when handling the product.
The nickel chrome 200 wire,or 26 American Wire Gauge (AWG), is a prominent product known for its reliable performance and various application usages across multiple industries. Featuring tempered 99.6% pure nickel chrome, it merges durability with versatility. In the electronic, electrical, and heat-treating sectors, the wire exhibits great resistance to oxidation and scaling at high temperatures. Moreover, nickel chrome 200 wire is a vital component of appliances used in the home, including hair dryers, toasters, and ovens, which require controlled, consistent heat.
Due to its high electrical resistivity and temperature coefficient, it is widely used in the automotive industry as braking resistors. In the plastic industry, hot wire cutting is essential for smooth, precise material cuts that are achieved using the wire in manufacturing processes. In laboratories, the stable resistance it exhibits over a wide temperature range makes it a popular choice. As a result of its high resistance and stability in even the most strenuous working conditions, this wire brings to the table a variety of applications, such as ceramic work, glass art, and providing electrical components as well. Because of its consistency, resilience, and wide range of applications, nickel chrome 200 wire stands out as a utilitarian product.
Key Product Details
- Diameter – 0.4mm (400 Micron – 26 AWG)
- Ohms/m – 0.76
- Technical Specification:
- Ni+Co – Max 99.6% / Min 99.0%
- Fe – 0.4%
- C – 0.15%
- Mn – 0.35%
- Si – 0.35%
- Cu – 0.25%
- S – 0.01%
- Density – 8.89 g/cm3
- Melting Point – 1435 – 1446 oC
Why Use The Crazy Wire Company
- Quality of products: The Crazy Wire Company always offer high-quality products that meet industry standards and customer expectations.
- Selection: We offer a wide variety of wire products and sizes to meet the diverse needs of our customers. We have more than 600 products available through our site and counting.
- Price: We always offer the best value possible. Our wires are available as part of our major weaving processes, so it is bought at the best possible rate.
- Availability: Our products are kept in house and are ready to ship immediately.
- Customer service: Our experienced staff help our customers feel confident in their purchases and provide assistance when required.
What Else Is Available?
We also offer stainless steel in ribbon and flat wire options.
The choice is virtually endless!
FAQs About This Wire
How Does Nickel Chrome 200 Wire Perform In Glass And Ceramic Working?
Because nickel chrome 200 wire is resistant to high temperatures and oxidation, it performs admirably under demanding conditions, ensuring its functionality and integrity. Wire is often employed in the crafting and shaping of glass where consistent and controlled heating is crucial. It can be used to integrate kiln structures or as a mandrel for bead-making, contributing to the precise melting and forming of glass.
In ceramics, nickel chrome 200 wire is also useful in sculpting and decorating, allowing controlled heating elements to be controlled in kilns so that ceramics are properly cured. Since the wire’s resistive properties are stable, it is a good choice to maintain the stringent temperatures needed for both glass and ceramic fabrication, providing artisans and manufacturers with reliable and steadfast performance in improving product quality and aesthetics. This material’s resilience and ability to withstand rigorous use also contribute to its operational longevity in these specialised artistic and manufacturing settings.
What Makes Nickel Chrome 200 Wire Resistant To Oxidation?
Nickel chrome 200 wire showcases resistance to oxidation primarily due to its intrinsic material properties, most notably the elevated nickel content, which composes a substantial portion of its makeup, being a tempered alloy with 99.6% purity. Nickel, as an element, is inherently resistant to oxidation and corrosion, which means that when it is exposed to oxygen, it forms a passive and stable oxide layer on its surface. This oxide layer acts as a protective barrier that shields the underlying metal from further oxidation. It prevents the continuous corrosion or deterioration of the wire when used in high-temperature applications or exposed to oxidising environments.
Additionally, the inclusion of chrome also enhances the oxidation resistance, especially at higher temperatures, as chromium too forms a stable oxide layer, which protects the alloy from aggressive oxidising agents. Therefore, the symbiotic relationship between nickel and chrome within the alloy augments its resistance against oxidative stresses, ensuring durability and sustained performance across a myriad of applications, especially those requiring exposure to harsh environments or elevated temperatures. This inherent oxidation resistance underscores its viability in applications like heating elements and electrical resistors, where stability and reliability are paramount.
How Is Nickel Chrome 200 Wire Manufactured?
- Melting and Alloying: Nickel and chrome, along with any other required elements, are melted together in a furnace. Given that nickel chrome 200 is known for its high-purity (99.6% nickel), the base nickel needs to be of extremely high quality. The melted alloy is then cast into various forms, typically rods or bars, for further processing.
- Hot and Cold Working: The cast alloy is subjected to several hot and cold working processes. Hot working, involving heating the metal and working it at elevated temperatures, allows it to be plastically deformed and shaped into intermediate forms without cracking. Cold working is done at or near room temperature, which enhances the wire’s strength and hardness while reducing ductility.
- Wire Drawing: The alloy, now in a workable form, undergoes a wire drawing process. This involves reducing the cross-sectional area of the pre-processed alloy by pulling it through a series of dies. It progressively decrease in size, until the wire reaches the desired diameter of 0.4mm (or 26 AWG, as per the specified product).
- Annealing: Subsequent to the wire drawing, the wire is often annealed. Annealing involves heating the wire to a specific temperature, holding it there for a determined period, and then allowing it to cool. This process relieves stresses, increases softness, and enhances its ductility, making it easier to work with in various applications.
- Surface Finish: Depending on the application, the wire may undergo further processes to enhance its surface finish, such as coating, plating, or insulation, to render it more functional for specific applications.
- Quality Control: Throughout and following manufacturing, the nickel chrome 200 wire undergoes rigorous quality control checks. This ensures that the wire exhibits the correct chemical composition, mechanical properties, and dimensions to meet the desired specifications and standards.
- Coiling and Packaging: Finally, the wire is coiled and packaged according to customer requirements, ready for shipping and utilisation in various applications across different industries.
The Crazy Wire Company is a leading UK based supplier of nichrome, FeCrAl, and stainless steel wires. We specialise in rapid delivery to any location around the country. Our factory is located in Warrington, which is the historic home of the UK’s wire industry.
Check out our blog ‘What You Need To Know About: Stainless Steel Wires’ for more information on resistance wire in general. Our goal for our blogs and help guides is to answer as many questions as possible to help to explain the possibilities of mesh to our customers.
We also offer similar products through our highly popular eBay store, check us out there too.
Contact our team today if you have any questions at all. We are always really keen to help in any way that we can.