Glossary

A Alloy

A combination of two or more metal elements.

American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM)

An organization that tests materials and attempts to set standards on various materials for industry.

Ampere (A)

The unit expressing the rate of flow of an electrical current. One ampere is the current flowing through one ohm of resistance at one volt potential.

Annealing

The process of heating to and holding at a suitable temperature and then cooling at a suitable rate, for such purposes as reducing hardness, improving machinability, facilitating cold working, producing a desired micro-structure or obtaining desired physical, mechanical or other properties.

Anodizing

An electrolytic process for producing a protective or decorative film on certain metals chiefly aluminum and magnesium.

AWG

Abbreviation for American Wire Gauge, a measure of the size or diameter of a wire or conductor.