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Copper sheet for Ground?

ssniesle

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I apologies if this is elementary, but I took apart an ipad dock/stand and found that three of the control buttons on a pcb is attached to a 1"x3" copper sheet (which is glued to the plastic housing).
Is this used for ground? I don't understand why they would do this if it is ground, since there is another ground wire near by and I also don't understand how ground works in this case.
Please educate me.

Thank you
 

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ssniesle

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please explain

What would it be shielding? And can I attach this shield to any surface and still act as ground?
 

davenn

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if it acting as a shield, it would be for RF shielding to lower the amount of RF being radiated by the iPad.
Shielsing would normally be around /close to the areas that radiated the most .
many items of electronics have RF shielding.... another common one is switch mode power supplies for laptops etc

Dave
 
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