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Electrive stove top resistance

  1. Oct 25, 2012 #1
    Hi all. Electric stoves work by running a current through highly-resistant coils, correct? Why, however, does touching the coils not deliver one a shock (considering that a person would be lest resistant than the coils)?
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  3. Oct 25, 2012 #2


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    Because the current carrying part of the element is electrically insulated from the visible (touchable) surfaces.
  4. Oct 28, 2012 #3


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    The insulation is in the form of a ceramic powder which can take any temperature that the heating element can reach and is 'fluid' enough to allow for quite a lot of expansion and contraction plus physical deformation. (Same technique as in fire proof cabling)
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