Definitions – Work in Progress: Electric Conductivity

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August 14, 2012 – You certainly know the problem: You are using the same word as your business partner, nevertheless you are speaking of completely different things. Different languages, different procedures, different aspects – globalization presents our language competence with completely new challenges. MintWorld wants to contribute to liquidate possibilities of misunderstanding. We are working on an encyclopedia of technical terms used by the coin producing industry. These definitions are thought as basis for discussion. We are looking for the appropriate word in your language. And we are looking for your commentaries.

Electric Conductivity

by Günther Waadt, CEO Bayerisches Hauptmünzamt

The electric conductivity is a physical parameter, which indicates the ability of a material to conduct an electric current. The inverse of conductivity is called specific resistance. The worldwide common measurement unit is IACS (International Annealed Copper Standard). This parameter is expressed in percent of the conductivity of (soft) annealed copper. The electric conductivity of today’s coin systems usually lies between 2% and 20% IACS.