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How could zinc whiskers affect my computer room?

Zinc whiskers originate from zinc-electroplated surfaces commonly used in a variety of building applications, including data centres and computer rooms. The zinc is used to coat metal fixtures to prevent rusting or oxidation occurring. Electrical pressures across the coating can cause the zinc to migrate and form thin spicules, that over time can grow out of the surface. These “whiskers” are typically only about 2 microns in diameter but can reach several millimeters in length over time.

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