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Catalog Number 2016.001.039
Description Raychem Corporation Shape-Memory Tinel Wires, c. 1957-1999. Nine individual nickel titanium drawn wires that change shape when heated. The silver-colored wires have a 1/16th inch diameter with three of the wires bent into curls (A-C) and six wires that are semi-straight (D-I).

XRF (X-ray fluorescence) report and email on composition attached to media tab of Object Record.
Object Name Wire, Electric
Collection 3D - Electrical & Magnetic Tools & Equipment
Title Raychem Corporation Shape-Memory Tinel Wires, c. 1957-1999
Date 1957-1999
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text none.
Notes "Shape-memory alloys (SMA) are a unique family of metals with the ability to change shape-and return to their original shape--depending on their temperature."
[ 1/13/2016]

"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[ 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-8 W-1 inches
Dimension Details Longest wire and widest curl.
Search Terms Business
Business and Industry
Menlo Park
Radiation chemistry
Raychem Corporation
Shape-Memory Alloy
Subjects Business
Metallurgical industry
Radiation chemistry