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hi.
I just found some wire in a cupboard which is silver wire with a copper core. I was wondering if it would have the same effect as a silver coil in my watercooling loop. If it helps, it is 1mm in diameter and I have 4 metres of this stuff.

Thanks.
post #2 of 8
Silver wire? Are you sure that its not just normal copper clad? Thats just tinned copper.
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post #3 of 8
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I am definate that it is silver wire with a copper core because it is meant for jewellery (its from my mum's jewerlly box XD). It also has the particular shine that silver has.
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Any ideas?
post #6 of 8
There are two things that are important for a silver kill coil - surface area and purity of silver. The coils normally used for water cooling are flat strips of silver which provides a relatively large surface area, then bent into a coil shape to reduce the size to a convenient level, without reducing the surface area. Typical kill coils are 99% or more silver.

The wire you have sounds like it is silver plated on a copper core. The plating is probably sterling silver, so around 90% silver and 10% other metals to improve the strength of the silver.

However, assuming the silver plating is reasonably thick, theres no reason why it shouldn't work as a kill coil. The wire you have, being circular, won't have a great surface area meaning you would need to use a longer length than a standard coil to get the same effect.

The one problem you might have is corrosion, depending on the other metal alloyed with the silver. This might cause it to tarnish over time, thereby forming an oxide layer which would block the silver and preventing the biocide properties.
post #7 of 8
its not the same as a Silver Kill coil. http://www.petrastechshop.com/sikibyia.html
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@Karnor00
Thanks heaps for the advice. I think I might stick to biocide then as I don't want to risk the corrosion.
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