Glossary

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There are 24 names in this directory beginning with the letter B.
B & S Gauge
Brown and Sharpe Gauge, a wire diameter standard which ultimately led to the American Wire Gauge standard.

Balanced Line
A cable having two conductors which carry voltages opposite in polarity but equal in magnitude with respect to ground.

Bare Conductor
A conductor having no covering, coating or cladding on the copper.

Barrel-Packed
Method of coiling into a fiber drum for shipment.

Bend Radius
Radius of curvature that a cable can bend before the risk of breakage or increased attenuation occurs. To determine bend radius a good rule of thumb is not to exceed ten times the cable diameter.

Bifilar
Made non-inductive by winding together (as one wire) two wires carrying current in opposite directions.

Bimetallic Wire
A wire formed of two different metals joined together (not alloyed). It can include wire with a steel core clad wire, plated or coated wire.

Binder
A material used for holding assembled cable components in place awaiting subsequent manufacturing operations.

Bobbins
Metal spools used for taking up drawn wire and subsequently used for payout packages in cabling and stranding equipment.

Bond
The attachment at an interface between an adhesive and adherent or between materials attached by adhesive.

Bond Strength
Amount of adhesion between bonded surfaces, e.g. in cemented ribbon cable.

Bondable Wire
An insulated wire treated to facilitate adherence to materials such as potting compounds. Also, magnet wires used in making coils when bonding the turns together is desired.

Bonded Cable
Cable consisting of pre-insulated conductors or multiconductor components laid in parallel and bonded into a flat cable. See Adhesive-Bonded.

Bonded Construction

Braid
A fibrous or metallic group of filaments interwoven in a cylindrical shape to form a covering over one or more wires.

Braid Angle
The angle between the axis of the cable and axis of the braid.

Braid Carrier
A spool or bobbin on a braid which holds one group of strands or filaments consisting of a specific number of ends. The carrier revolves during braiding operations.

Braid Ends
The number of strands used to make up one carrier. The strands are wound side by side on the carrier bobbin and lie parallel in the finished braid.

Braiding Machine
Machine used to apply braids to wire and cable and to produce braided sleeving and braids for tying or lacing purposes. Braiding machines are identified by the number of carriers.

Breakdown (Puncture)
A disruptive discharge through the insulation.

Breakdown Voltage
The voltage at which the insulation between two conductors will break down or arc over.

Bunch Stranding
A group of like wires twisted together without regard to geometric pattern.

Buncher
A machine that twists wires together in random arrangement.

Butt Wrap
Tape wrapped around an object or conductor edge-to-edge.