stray current

stray current

[′strā ‚kə·rənt]
(electricity)
A portion of a current that flows over a path other than the intended path, and may cause electrochemical corrosion of metals in contact with electrolytes.
An undesirable current generated by discharge of static electricity; it commonly arises in loading and unloading petroleum fuels and some chemicals, and can initiate explosions.
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Invitation to tender: Rail stray current insulation
Predicting the possibility of stray current interference at the design stage, prior to physical construction, provides clear advantages.
A high rail potential may cause damage to human safety, and it will increase the leakage of return current at the same level of rail-to-ground insulation, known as stray current.
The second, and less obvious, impact of a new light rail system is stray current corrosion.
There are several products currently on the market that assist the physician and surgical staff with identification of failed instrumentation and prevention of stray current burns.
My first thought was that there might be some kind of stray current in the neighborhood that was eating up the fittings.
A Sitras SMS type stray-current monitoring system will eliminate any damage due to stray current corrosion, thereby lowering the cost of maintenance.
The boat has isolation transformers to protect the overall electrical system from stray current at the dock, said Berman.
Illustration 7G1X_00X101A for the M261 rocket launcher stray current check in TM 1-1520-Longbow Apache on EM 0126 shows the igniter arm in the raised position for the stray current check.
Only the best runners were issued the new shoes, and mine were hard, almost brittle, and the uncushioned shock of each stride ran up the bones of my leg like stray current from a leaking appliance.
In broad terms, the ATIMIX system houses a series of Electrostatic and Stray Current Absorbers (ESCA).
So, just as on the AC side of things, they will all have to be grounded to the main house ground to carry away any stray current that may otherwise have considered you as a poor, but acceptable, path to the ground.