THE GREAT MULLARD MAGIC BLOG — filament tabbing
VALVE TYPES & MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (viii) - FILAMENT PREPARATION
Posted by STEVE M on
Previously, we looked at wire production and although this is used for numerous valve componentry preparation, the biggest use by length has to be filaments so, today, we are going to look at filament preparation. Tungsten wire is the base substrate for filament wire with some wires being just 8 microns thick or 3/10000 of an inch or 1/10 the thickness of a human hair. The wire is then coated with a admixture of strontium and barium carbonate using the process of cathetophoresis where an electrostatic field induced into the wire attracts colloidal carbonates suspended in a polar carrier solvent. The 'wet' wire is...