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Uses of Flat and Tubular Braided Wire

Braided wire is a potent tool when it comes to electrical cables and shielding. A braid is what they call a tubular sheath made of braided strands of wire, ranging from the tens to even hundreds of different strands woven together. These can come in many different alloys, such as copper braids, steel braids and more, and offer a higher durability, high power transfer and flexibility than any single wire alone.

At Arcor Electronics, we specialize in offering any kind of braided wire you need, in whatever shape you need. For instance, our popular braided copper wire is offered in both tubular and flat rolled form. Each of these shapes serves a specific purpose, and are useful tools for your electrical needs.

Flat Braids are compact and durable

Flat braids, such as our popular flat tinned copper braids, are often used as a strong flexible connection between large components. Due to the numerous wires and excellent conductivity of copper braid, it is a much more compact and durable connection opposed to single strand cables.

Flat braids in tinned copper are also very popular for use as an RF grounding strap. With the larger surface area afforded by the multiple strands and strong tensile strength, they make excellent connections.

For shielding purposes, get tubular braids!

Tubular braids, such as our tinned copper tubular braid, are widely used for shielding purposes. The type of shielding often depends upon whither the shielding required is against more physical forces, or to get a better connection from the wires in question.

Braided stainless steel wire for instance, does not boast the sort of conductivity that copper braid does. However, it is a very durable braid that can withstand a lot of abuse from outside forces. This lends itself to a shielding cable that is meant to protect the cables housed inside it, without having to sacrifice flexibility.

In contrast to this there is also cable shielding used to get better performance out of the cable. Any wire, once it has been given an electrical flow to carry, gives off its own magnetic field. This magnetic field can cause electromagnetic interference with other surrounding cables. By using a grounded copper shielding around the wire, you can help to not only contain this magnetic field, but also ward against outside interference. A popular example of this are coaxial cables, which makes use of a woven tinned copper tubular braid around the dielectric insulator and copper core that carry the signal, to safely transport data with minimal loss.