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  1. Nichrome(noun)

    an alloy of nickel and chromium with high electrical resistance and an ability to withstand high temperatures; used for resistance heating elements

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  1. Nichrome(Noun)

    An alloy of nickel and chromium, typically 80% nickel and 20% chromium, used to make heating elements.

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  1. Nichrome

    Nichrome is a non-magnetic alloy of nickel, chromium, and often iron, usually used as a resistance wire. Patented in 1905, it is the oldest documented form of resistance heating alloy. A common alloy is 80% nickel and 20% chromium, by mass, but there are many others to accommodate various applications. It is silvery-grey in colour, is corrosion-resistant, and has a high melting point of about 1400 °C. Due to its relatively high electrical resistivity and resistance to oxidation at high temperatures, it is widely used in electric heating elements, such as in hair dryers, electric ovens, soldering iron, toasters, and even electronic cigarettes. Typically, Nichrome is wound in coils to a certain electrical resistance, and current is passed through to produce heat.


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