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Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Sonbo, Jun 19, 2006.

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  1. Sonbo

    Sonbo Guest

    I would like to insert a 2'' alligator clip into a lead base.
    Instead of drilling a hole and using epoxy, is there a way I could use
    electricity to heat the clip as to melt it into the lead instead of drilling
    a hole ?


  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I suppose an induction heater would work..they use them for heating bearings
    (to get a little expansion out of the bearing for a performance fit on a
    close tolerance shaft), or you could just stick it in a a
    temperature hot enough to melt throught he lead...but getting it to hold
    that temp long enough to set the clip into the lead might be a
    problem...alternatively you could use a small torch to melt a puddle in the
    lead, insert your clip, and allow the lead to cool....
  3. Sonbo

    Sonbo Guest

    I was thinking of something along the line of grounding the lead and putting
    current on the clip and getting the resistance to melt the lead.
    Is something like this possible ?
  4. Heat in that connection would be directly proportional to the
    resistance between the clip and the lead. How would you control the
    resistance in that connection? As soon as you touch them together you
    will have a fairly decen current flow, i.e. very low resistance. Now
    if you could boost the voltage to say, 1000V you may get some
    significant heating, but who are you going to get to hold that clip
    att 1kV!?

    Can't you just use a soldering iron to heat the lead?
  5. TimPerry

    TimPerry Guest

    a little glob of epoxy should do it.
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