Resistance Wire

Resistance wire is used in industrial furnaces, kilns, and electric heating appliances. Argus Heating stock and distribute a large range of resistance wire and ribbon, including Nichrome N80 and Kanthal A1 and D. Longer lengths of resistance wire (more than 30 metres) can be cut and re-reeled to suit your requirements.

The selection of Nichrome or Kanthal wires depends on your application. Please contact us for assistance with the correct selection.

Features and benefits

Nichrome N80

  • Mechanically stronger than Kanthal A1 or D.
  • High resistivity.
  • Non-magnetic, making it ideal for low temperature applications.
  • Remains ductile after continued use and has better wet corrosion resistance than other wire types.

Kanthal A1

  • Maintains shape at high temperature.
  • Longer life (two to four times compared to Nichrome).
  • Resistant to sulphur and oxidising atmospheres.
  • Highest resistivity — lightest material for given power.

Kanthal D

  • Maintains shape at high temperature.
  • Long life.
  • Higher resistivity — lighter material for given power.

Construction

  • Nichrome N80 - 80% Ni, 20% Cr, 1200 ºC maximum continuous operating temperature.
  • Kanthal A1 - 22% Cr, 5.8% Al, 72.4% Fe, 1400 ºC maximum continuous operating temperature.
  • Kanthal D- 22% Cr 4.8% Al 73.4% Fe, 1300 ºC maximum continuous operating temperature.

Applications

Typically used for:

  • Cutting polystyrene, foam, Styrofoam, and plastic film in large quantities.  
  • Intermittent high temperature applications such as electric, night store, and cartridge heaters.
  • Heating elements exposed to moisture such as freeze protection, wind turbines, and heated hose.
Argus Heating stock and distribute a large range of resistance wire and ribbon, including Nichrome N80, and Kanthal A1 and D. Custom heating elements can be manufactured.