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Subject: Is a Faraday cage effective when made of stainless steel?

Date: Mon Aug 9 23:09:10 1999
Posted by Charles Phipps
Grade level: nonaligned School: ALkar-DEC
City: Lodi State/Province: WI Country: USA
Area of science: Engineering
ID: 934254550.Eg

This is only part of the question.  Here is the scenario.  I build control
panels for large meat processing equipment.  These panels are made of 
stainless steel.  Some panels control large motors and heaters which operate
on 3 phase current, usually in the 50 to 150 amp range.  Other panels 
track temperature and humidity with sensitive DC and resistive probes.
I am currently working on a rare panel with both types of devices in it.
The engineers have ordered a dividing plate of stainless steel placed between
the two parts of this panel but it is about 10% shorter than necessary to
reach the door and provide complete separation between the 3 phase and the
DC sides.  The whole panel is stainless steel.  I would like to know if the 
stainless steel divider does any good at all or if it may even make things
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Charles Phipps

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