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Holm Award Presentation

Developments in functional surfaces for electrical contacts

Dr. Sophie Noel


Young Investigator Award       

1.1              Study of the Electrical Contact in a Fully Inkjet Printed Membrane Switch


1.2              Spreading Resistance of a Contact Spot on a Thin Film


1.3              Influence of Large Periodic Sliding Sequences on the Electronical Endurance of Contacts Subjected to Fretting Wear


1.4              The Effect on Switching Lifetime of Chromium Adhesion Layers in Gold-Coated Electrical Contacts under Cold and Hot Switching Conditions


1.5              Micro-contact Performance Characterization of CNT-Au Composite Microcontacts




2.1       Effect of a-spot temperature on the temperature of external surfaces in an electrical connection


2.2       Influence of films on the surface of electrical contacts at cryogenic temperatures


2.3       The Impact of Electro-Migration on Various Contact Materials



Sliding Contacts

3.1       Erosion by Arc Discharge at Carbon Contacts in Various Automotive Fuels


3.2       Research on Current-carrying Wear Characteristics of Friction Pair in Pantograph Catenary System


3.3       Long-time correlation in the study of sliding electrical contacts



Arc Fault Safety

4.1       Characterization of EMI/RFI in Commercial and Industrial Electrical Systems


4.2       Frequency Analysis to Arcing Detection and Prototyping FPGA Approach


4.3       Arc Fault Analysis and Localisation by cross-correlation in 270Vdc


4.4       The current level to weld closed contacts



Arcing I

5.1       A Comparison of Contact Attachment Methodology on the Electrical Performance of AgSnO2 Contacts


5.2       Design guideline of contactors for an optimal use of assembled contacts


5.3       The Effect of Material Composition on Dynamic Welding of Electrical Contacts




6.1       Contact Resistance Anomalies in Reed Contacts – Influence of Temperature and External Magnetic Field


6.2       Fault Detection of Electrical Connectors in RF Circuit Using a Wavelet Transform Approach


6.3       Implementation of a diagnostic tool for semi permanent electrical contacts for a direct contact force measurement


6.4       Switch Hybridization: Micro-Arcing Model and Color Analysis




7.1       Role of Incorporated Hydrogen and Sputtered Grain Size on Tin Whiskering


7.2       Usability of Silver Plating and Silver Bismuth Alloy Plating on Electrical Contacts  


7.3       Switching properties of contacts made of silver-tungsten and silver-tungsten-rhenium composite materials




8.1       Understanding field experience of contact performance from lab fretting tests of model contacts


8.2       Threshold of Axial Vibration Induced Fretting in Electrical Connectors


8.3       Degradation Phenomenon of Electrical Contacts by using a New Micro-Sliding Mechanism- The comparison the new mechanism with the former one concerning minimal sliding amplitudes evaluated under some conditions -


8.4       Application of the friction energy density approach to predict the electrical contact endurance subjected to fretting wear


Mort Antler Lecture

Chaos Games and Fractal Images

Prof. Robert L. Devaney

Boston University, Boston, MA


Modeling I

9.1       A Comparison of the Predictions of a Finite Element Model and Multiscale Model for a Rough MEMS Electrical Contact


9.2       Experimental and Simulated Springback after Stamping of Copper-based Spring Materials


9.3       An asperity-based finite element model for electrical contact microswitches



Arcing II      

10.1     Particle Size Determination in Electrical Arcs using X-Ray Scattering


10.2     Two different experimental approaches to investigate the influence of gassing polymer walls on switching arcs in MCB


10.3     A Three Dimensional CFD analysis to investigate the effect of ablative materials and venting arrangement on arc characteristics in low voltage circuit breakers


10.4     Comparison of transfer and erosion shapes on Ag and AgSnO2 contacts caused by break arc discharges in a DC inductive load circuit



11.1     A new automated test equipment for measuring electrical contact resistance of real sizes rivet contacts


11.2     Equivalent circuit modeling of Stripline RF relay


11.3     Single pole hybrid switch



Modeling II

12.1     The Influence of Metallic and Plastic Vapors on Dielectric Breakdown for Low Voltage Circuit Breaker after current-zero


12.2     Equivalent Circuit Analysis for the Transient Phenomena from Elastic Contact to Breaking Contact through Metal Melting


12.3     Study on Magneto Hydro-dynamic and Volume of Fraction Modeling on Molten Bridge at Different Lengths and Currents


12.4     Modeling of the Near Electrode Physics for Simulation of Arc



13.1     A High Aspect Ratio Microfabricated Reed Switch Capable of Hot Switching


13.2     Evaluating the Influence of Current on the Wear Processes of Au/Cr-Au/MWCNT Switching Surfaces


13.3     Reliability in Hot Switched Ruthenium on Ruthenium MEMS Contacts


13.4     Contact Resistance Evolution of Au-Au Micro-Contacts with Encapsulated Ag Colloids


Posted July 24, 2013


59th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts
22-25 September 2012

Hotel Viking, Newport, RI
Sponsored By:
The Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society of the IEEE

To provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest developments in the field of electric contacts including research on materials, contact and connector designs, and the applications of these designs in electric, electronic and telecommunication equipment.

For Whom:

Practicing designers, engineers, physicists and research scientists - those new to the field and those experienced.

The 2013 Holm Conference will include a proceeding given out at the beginning of the conference with more than 57 presentations by US and international engineers and scientists. This provides an opportunity to study papers of interest before the actual presentation and promote better question and answer discussion during the conference.  These papers and discussions of the papers provide the attendees with an up to date look at the research being done in the contact field.

Additionally, the conference provides a forum that allows attendees to meet and personally discuss the work of different authors and experts in the contact field.  These exchanges provide a synergistic environment for further advancements in the electrical contact field.

A COMPLETE ADVANCE PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT is attached in PDF Format.  Or to view online, please click

Posted July 24, 2013



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