Quecksilberkippschalter

English translation: Mercury Switch

06:50 Jan 19, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: Quecksilberkippschalter
In a text describing parts of appliances that may cause pollution:

Problematische Teile (Quecksilberkippschalter, PCB-Kondensatoren) werden demontiert...

Thanks!
Catherine Fischer
Switzerland
Local time: 21:17
English translation:Mercury Switch
Explanation:
This device is a small cylindrical glass tube containing a droplet of mercury and two or three electrical contacts. When the tube is held slightly off the horizontal, the mercury droplet will move to one end and make the contacts at the centre and at the low end. Tipping the tube the other way will open the previously made contacts and make the other pair. As mercury is a heavy metal, it should not be disposed of except under closely controlled conditions.
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Iain Purvis
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:17
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Summary of answers provided
naMercury Switch
Iain Purvis
naMercury tilting or tipping switch
Agius Language & Translation
namercury flip switch; mercury toggle switch
Eva Gerkrath
namercury switch tube
Bruce Sanderson
namercury switch
Hartmut Lau


  

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6 mins
mercury switch


Explanation:
Since mercury transmits electricity some devices (used to?) use simple switches taking advantage of this fact. for example, auto anti-theft devices - move the car, upset the mercury in the switch, close the circuit, set off the alarm.

since mercury is also a heavy metal - poisonous - the disposal of devices with such switches is problematic under modern environmental legislation.

Hartmut Lau
United States
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7 mins
mercury switch tube


Explanation:
a vacuum tube with liquid mercury which acts as a switch when it is tilted over. Mercury acts as an electrical conductor.

In French : contacteur à mercure

Bruce Sanderson
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37 mins
mercury flip switch; mercury toggle switch


Explanation:
Quecksilberschalter = mercury switch
Kippschalter = flip switch or toggle switch,
which leads me to mercury flip switch, or indeed, toggle switch.


Eva Gerkrath
Netherlands
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42 mins
Mercury tilting or tipping switch


Explanation:
Wörterbuch der industriellen Technik.

Hope this helps
Claire

Agius Language & Translation
United Kingdom
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44 mins
Mercury Switch


Explanation:
This device is a small cylindrical glass tube containing a droplet of mercury and two or three electrical contacts. When the tube is held slightly off the horizontal, the mercury droplet will move to one end and make the contacts at the centre and at the low end. Tipping the tube the other way will open the previously made contacts and make the other pair. As mercury is a heavy metal, it should not be disposed of except under closely controlled conditions.

Iain Purvis
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:17
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 88
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