2008 Intensive Course on Electrical Contacts

Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society

Holm Conference on
Electrical Contacts


23-25 October, 2008
Florida Hotel & Conference Center, Orlando, Florida


Dr. Paul G. Slade

Course Director, Arcing & Power Contacts


Dr. Roland S. Timsit

Contact Fundamentals & Connectors


The 2008 Intensive Course has been completely revised to reflect recent needs in understanding very low contact force phenomena and the effects of high frequency currents.  While doing this, the Course still covers the broad range of electrical contact situations, which are listed below:

·        Making contact and surface finish effects

·        Making connections and connector design (low and high current)

·        Switching contacts ac and dc design considerations (low and high current)

·        Contact materials for connectors and for switching contacts

·        Contact finishes

·        Contact failure mechanisms and how to analyze them

·        Corrosion and the effects of ambient environments


Each participant will receive a complete set of the Course notes and a copy of the perfect reference book “Electrical Contacts – Principles and Applications” edited by Dr. Paul G. Slade. The Course includes class problem-solving exercises so that participants will learn how the Course material can be applied. A participant in this Course will thus leave the sessions with a thorough and broad knowledge of the subject. Our teaching approach will allow practicing engineers to use detailed knowledge of contact technology to resolve their own practical design problems.


23 October:  Day 1


·  Contact Fundamentals


·  The Electric Arc


·  Q & A Session


24 October:  Day 2


·  Contact Materials for Arcing Contacts

·  Non Arcing Power and Non-Permanent Power Connectors

·  Electronic Connectors and Metallic Coatings


·  Switching Very  Low Currents and Switching Low Frequency & High Frequency Currents

·  Connector Design Guidelines


·  Q & A Session


25 October:  Day 3


·  Switching Contact Guidelines

·  Experimental Evaluation of Corrosion


·  Experimental Evaluation of Corrosion (continued)

·  Corrosion and Power Arcing Contacts and Connectors


Fee Schedule:

Conference Only

On or before 9/19/2008

After 9/19/2008 & on-site

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  Extra Proceedings



Intensive Course Only



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Intensive Course w/Full Conference Registration (Plus registration fee for conference)

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Intensive Course Only – Discount rate with 3 or more from the same organization

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To register the Intensive Course, contact

Alicia Zupeck, Conference Planner
IEEE Meetings and  Conferences Management
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