Glossary of Wire & Cable Terminology

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z


K - Abbreviation for Karma® . Karma® is a trademark of the Driver Harris Company.

K BABAND - A band of microwave frequencies. See frequency band.

KAPTON® - Trade name for polyimide resin. See polyimide. Kapton® is a trademark of the DuPont de Nemours Co.

KARMA® - Trade name of the Driver Harris Company for a resistance wire composed of 74.5% nickel, 20% chromium, 2.75% aluminum, and 2.75% copper. Abbreviated K.

KEVLAR ® - Trademark of the DuPont de Nemours Co. for the para-aramid fiber polyparaphenylene terephthalamide. See polyparaphenylene terephthalamide.

kgs - Abbreviation for kilograms.

kHz - Abbreviation for kilohertz. See kilohertz.

KILO - A prefix to a unit, denoting a multiple of one thousand (1,000) of that unit; a prefix used in computing to denote a multiple of one thousand, twenty four (210).

KILOHERTZ - One thousand (1,000) cycles per second. Abbreviation kHz.

KILOVOLT - One thousand (1,000) volts. Abbreviation kV.

KILOVOLT AMPERE - One thousand (1,000) volts x amperes. Abbreviation kVA

KILOWATT - A unit of measure of power equal to one thousand (1,000) watts. Abbreviation kW.

KIRCHOFF’S LAWS - The algebraic sum of the currents at any point in a circuit is zero; the algebraic sum of the product of the current and the impedance in each conductor in a circuit is equal to the electromotive force in the circuit.

km - Abbreviation for kilometer (1,000 meters).

KOVAR - An alloy of iron, nickel, and cobalt.

kV - Abbreviation for kilovolt (1,000 volts). See kilovolt.

kVA - Abbreviation for kilovolt ampere (1,000 volt ampere). See kilovolt ampere.

kW - Abbreviation for kilowatt (1,000 watts). See kilowatt

KYNAR® - Trademark of the Pennwalt Corporation for polyvinylidene fluoride. See polyvinylidene fluoride.

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