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54th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts

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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 Electrical Contacts

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.

2007 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.

Morton 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.

For Whom
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 of Electrical 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 presentation.

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