|MadSci Network: Engineering|
Stainless steel is a good conductor, and therefore would work well as a Faraday cage. The cage represents an "equipotential surface" and if it encloses completely a volume, no electric field from outside will induce a field inside. The application you describe, though, seems to be more addressable through engineering and electric codes rather than the pure theory regarding electric field lines. Electric codes do implicitly include such theoretical considerations, but are inclusive of many other factors. I am sure, for example, the stainless steel panel you speak of will be electrically grounded. This way any faulting to the panel will cause protective devices to disconnect power rather than have the panel electrically "hot" causing a hazard. Larry Skarin
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