54th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts
Holm 2008 – 54th IEEE Holm
Conference on Electrical Contacts
The Holm Conference began in 1953 as a forum for the discussion of electrical
contact phenomena and related fields. In 1968, the conference was named the
Holm Conference in honor of Dr. Ragnar Holm. Dr.
Holm, whose contributions to the field of electrical contacts spanned 50
years and form the foundation of the electrical
contacts field, was the inspiration and guide of the Conference from its
inception until his death in 1970. In 1985, IEEE society started sponsoring
the conference as a recognition of its importance in
the field of electrical engineering. In addition to the Annual Conference,
the Conference Organization regularly conducts an intensive one-week course
on contacts and participates in the biannual International Conference on
To provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest
developments in the field of electric contacts and the application of recent
advances in materials and processes in electric, electronic and
telecommunication equipment. In 2007, we had a successful 53rd IEEE Holm
Conference in Pittsburgh
with over 125 international attendee presenting 47 papers.
lectures and hot topics included:
Ragnar Holm Scientific Award presentation
“Effect of Dust Contamination on Electrical Contact Failure” by Prof. Ji Gao Zhang, Beijing
University of Posts & Telecommunications, China.
Antler Lecture “The Characterization of the Dynamic Acr-Anode
Interaction and Using Plasma Deposition of Nanocomposites
to Tailor Materials Properties" by Prof. Joachim Heberlein,
Mechanical Engineering, University
of Minnesota, USA.
Special Topic Session “Electrical Faults –
Detection / Mitigation” Fire safety in
homes recently has resulted in the adoption of AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter)
circuit breakers in new building codes.
The science of arc detection and be able to differentiate good and bad
arcs is the emphasis of much research in the AFCI development. A session with
5 papers filled the session with arc physics to the practical implementation
of setscrew connectors for aluminum wires.
Practicing designers, engineers, physicists and research scientists - those
new to the field and those experienced. The 2008 Holm Conference will include
excellent papers authored by some of the outstanding technical people in this
field. We expect to have around 40 presentations from US and international
engineers and scientists. These papers will provide the attendees with
up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects that makes this conference
so attractive to the practicing engineer.
Timely topics are also organized through the Dr. Morton Antler Lecture with
past lectures on electrical contact, 42V challenges, and connector
reliability, arc fault & safety, miniaturization of electromechanical
relays, dust effects on switch and connector reliability.
The conference is sponsored by the Components, Packaging and Manufacturing
Technology (CPMT) Society of the Institute
and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).
Two and a half days of presentations normally include over 40 Technical
Papers, the Ragnar Holm Scientific Achievement
Award, and the Dr. Morton Antler Lecture. They highlight the most recent
electrical contact work all over the world.
Contacts Properties and Performance, Connector Contacts, Sliding Contacts,
Aluminum Contacts, Arcing Contacts, Silver Metal Oxide Contacts, Micor-electro-mechanical Systems, Automotive Switches and
Relays, Superconductor Contacts, Circuit Breaker and Contactors for power
distribution, Nano contact measurements and Real
world Design and Applications Problems are familiar themes in the
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