Nickel is best known for its resistance to oxidation and corrosion, especially at high temperatures. Nickel alloys are commonly used for high temperature components in aerospace turbines, oil and gas production, radiant tubes, and heat treating furnace furniture. The largest consumption of nickel is as an alloying element in stainless steel.
Wires made from nickel and nickel alloys are not only used for their corrosion and temperature resistance properties, but also for specific electrical resistance values. Although not a household name, nichrome is a common name for a type of nickel resistance wire that is familiar to many. Chances are, the wire that provides the heat to toast your bread or heat your hair dryer is a nickel alloy such as nichrome.
Copper-Nickel alloys, such as monel, are used in marine applications and for chemical processing. Some examples are valves, pumps, propellers and shafts, electrical and electronic components, springs, and piping.
Nickel and nickel alloys have excellent formability. California Fine Wire can draw nickel alloys to diameters as small as 0.0004” and can supply the wire in various configurations, such as flat wire or stranded, and we can insulate with various enamel materials or PTFE. We can also plate nickel wire with copper, gold, nickel, silver, or tin using an electroplating process.
Whether you require ribbon or round, in either high purity nickel or alloyed with another metal, call on California Fine Wire to handle your Nickel wire needs.