A heatsink dissipates heat into the surrounding air and thus provides cooling.

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Safety/efficiency of a makeshift aluminium can heatsink?

I had recently received a 9v 1A DC wall-wart off eBay, and needed to open it to swap the polarity of the jack to center negative. As I had the case open, my finger bumped against the metal part of the ...
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Thermal power dissipation for a diode with heatsink

I have a circuit that has a diode that needs to support 3A through it. The supply is at 7.2V and is therefore ~22W. I have currently selected a schottky diode show here. Key specs are it can ...
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How can I attach a heat-sink to legacy IC's?

I work (play) with some legacy chips like the mighty TMS9918. Which, if you didn't know, doesn't require a heat-sink but the thing does get really hot. Amazing ...
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How use DMM thermocouple probe hands-free to monitor heatsink temperature?

I suppose this is more of a lab practice question than electronics per se, but I wonder if there's a standard-ish way to mount the K-type thermocouple that comes with my Fluke DMM so I can monitor the ...
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Area of Copper Needed to dissipate 24 W

I need to know the area of 2oz copper needed to dissipate 24 W. The max temp is 100 C and the ambient temp is 40 C. Any equations I can use?
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Which way are heat sinks supposed to be mounted?

Which way are heat sinks supposed to be mounted? With the fins around the component, or facing outside?
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How to calculate heat dissipation improvement when adding a fan to the heat sink?

I'm using an LM338 which I want to supply at least 3A @ 20V, with Vin being 35V. I made my calculations and I figured out I'd need a very expensive (for my budget) heat sink so I'm looking for a more ...
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Mosfets cooled with Heatsink and fan?

For my circuit, I have mounted heatsinks to my mosfets to dissipate heat. I have below a crude drawing of how the heatsink/mosfet is placed on the PCB I was thinking to integrate a LM35 to measure ...
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How to design a heat bed / radiator using resistors?

I have to add some resistors to an aluminium plate on a 3D printer, because it only goes to 67'C without foam insulation. The heated bed currently reads 1.6 ohms (90W at 12V) I wish to add about 96W ...
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How Much Heat will a 1800 Watt Bulb Produce?

I plan on placing a Metal Halide 1800 watt bulb 20 inches in front of me (not exactly in front but over my head) - will this produce more heat than I can handle? Someone said the question was vague ...
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How to Drain Heat from a High Intensity Lightbox (2200 watt)? [duplicate]

As you may know, I'm working on designing a "lightbox" that will contain 3 high intensity metal halide bulbs - consuming a total of 1600 - 2200 watt. The purpose of the box is to generate ~40,000 lux ...
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Anything Wrong with my Light box Design?

I am creating a custom box that will contain 3 * 400 watt metal halide bulbs (1200 watt total). The box will remain closed for 60 minutes, open for the next 60 minutes, then closed, then open and so ...
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Can I safely place a 60w between a 50w LED and a large heat sink that can dissipate 100 watts?

Today I have learned that Peltier devices can be used to generate electricity. I have a set up with a 50 watt LED which is glued to a very large heat sink that cools it without any fans (that can ...
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TO-220 rectangular washers

The recommended way to mount a TO-220 package is to use a spring clip or bar pressing on the body of device. But the package was designed to be mounted using a bolt through the hole in the heatsink, ...
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Cooling the IC on a board printed by hand

I'm building a battery charger circuit with BQ24278. The battery draws 500mA minimum and 2.5A maximum current; therefore, I must prevent IC from overheating. I printed the board onto single sided ...
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L705CV Voltage Regulator Overheating [duplicate]

The L805CV voltage regulator is capable of producing a consistent 5v 1.5A draw. I am creating a small raspberry pi case and have a 12v 3a power supply to accomplish the project. I am powering a 12v ...
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Can I use LEDs without PCB?

I recently purchased LEDs on ebay that were supposed to come attached to star PCB (as a heat sink). The items I received are just the LEDs (no PCB). They are listed as 3W LEDs, with a forward voltage ...
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Can I solder high power 1W LEDS on aluminum with 60/40 solder? [duplicate]

I want to create my own light source using high power 1W LEDs. Can I solder high power 1W LEDS on aluminum with 60/40 solder? Here's a picture of a potential heatsink
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Can the metal tab at top of a TO-220 package be cut off?

I am using a TIP120 Darlington transistor in a through-hole (specifically TO-220) package, in a very simple application which does not generate much heat. I remember reading that the metal tab at the ...
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Heat transfer tape, or paste, or nothing

I am installing a bunch of LM317 and LM337 regulators in TO-220 package. They will have 2 heat sinks on them each. Occasionally they will have to run close to their maximum continuous rating and can ...
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Thermal grease / adhesive: Higher Conductivity & Lower Impedance or vice-versa?

I have been reading a fair bit about Thermal grease & adhesive comparisons. There is a lot of information out there - even including tests made with tooth paste(!), which is mind blowing for me. ...
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is CFM additive?

I currently have a heatsink with 1 (loudish) 1000-1500 CFM fan. If I was to put 2 quieter 500-750 CFM fans on either side of the heat sink, would they effectively push the same amount of air? It is a ...
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How do I interpret this thermal curve graph for my heatsink?

Datasheet of heatsink. The heatsink says it's thermal resistance is 24K/W. Let's say my device dissipates 5 Watts. Assume a perfect conduction from the case to the heatsink, and junction to case is ...
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How can I mount a DS18B20 tempreature sensor to a large heatsink?

I want to monitor the temperature of a large peltier element's heatsink to control a fan. I think I'm going to use a DS18B20. The 3 pin TO-92 looks like it's plastic, so I'm already worried about low ...
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Looking for an efficient audio amp circuit

It seems like all the circuits that I find are using outdated and inefficient technology that requires massive heat-sinks at anything beyond headphone levels. Is there any particular reason that there ...
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Will these heatsinks be sufficient for my mosfets?

I need to control 10 12VDC motors at ~25Amps, so I decided to make my own mosfet H bridges to control it ( with 2 n chan et 2 p chan ). I will need 10 H-Bridge, so 40 Mosfets. ( 20 n chan and 20 p ...
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How can I remove a heatsink that is stuck to a component soldered onto the PCB?

I am modding a wireless router, and one of the problems I have is that it overheats, so it restarts every hour or so I am trying to replace the heatsink. However, I simply cannot get it off. It ...
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Heatsink or IC: how to determine root cause of overtemp?

I have a manufacturing situation where we perform a functional test on a board and we are getting frequent overtemperature failures from a BGA package with a heatsink on it. I would like to be able to ...
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CPU heat-sinks for cooling Transistor?

Can I use CPU heat-sinks for cooling transistors? CPU heat-sinks are low volume and they have been made to cooling a sensitive hot Chip and if the datasheet has said that it requires to hold on the ...
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Stray-inductance and capacitance of non-isolated heat-sink

I read an application-note that says the heat-sink (when not electrically isolated), is one of major source of EMI. Well I think this can be corrected at some point by good EMI filters and a good case ...
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Calculating the output power of Thermoelectric generator

This question is related with my previous question here I am trying to calculate the output power from a specific TEG, here is it specifications, Open Circuit voltage (Voc) = 5.29V Current (I) = ...
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MOSFET Heat Sink selection

MOSFET heat sink calculation: I am designing H bridge to drive brushed DC motor . The MOSFET I'm using is IRFB4620PbF. I calculated the MOSFET losses which are 7.8W per MOSFET. I'm not sure if I am ...
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Do I need a heatsink for my voltage regulator?

I use L7805CV voltage regulator (TO-220) to get 5 V from a Li-Po 7.4 V 2200 mAh battery. However, after a while, voltage regulator gets really hot. Current measurement showed 200 mA. ...
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Why peltier elements have smaller heatsink on cold side?

I have seen in nearly all configurations that Peltier elements are mounted with huge heat sinks on hot side as compared to tiny ones on small side. Is this just a way of explaining the need of heat ...
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Heat sink, how much does fin and base width matter?

I have lot of aluminum sheet 0.5mm thickness at home, normally heat sinks that I have seen had 1mm thickness. Now I am wondering should I get that sheet welded as heatsink or do I absolutely have to ...
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Would a better heat sink be tall or wide?

If we have a heatsink and want to improve it's efficiency would it be better to increase its width or height? What should be the strategy on installing a fan as well? If we increase height and ...
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Heat Sink for portable refrigerator

I am thinking of making a portable refrigerator with the above schematics, but I am doubtful that the aluminium frame would be enough of a Heat Sink on it's own. All the peltier elements are of ...
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How to choose heatsink for power devices (transistor, LED, regulator)?

In many projects I need to choose small, but big enough heatsink for transistor or other power devices (LED, amplifiers, voltage regulators). I know that thermal resistance of many devices is known ...
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Attaching a heatsink to a DRV8825 stepper motor driver

I'm using the Pololu DRV8825 Stepper Motor Driver to control a NEMA 17 Steppermotor with an Arduino. The stepper motor requires 1.7A current. According to the driver specs on the Pololu website, if ...
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Designing a copper plate heat sink

I’m trying to see if a copper sheet I have with me (25 cm X 30 cm, 0.05 cm thick. There's a 6 cm X 6 cm square hole in the center to place a lamp.) is sufficient to keep 36 luxeon rebel LEDs (mounted ...
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Selecting best Heat Sink for TEG (Thermoelectric generator)

I am trying to solve a puzzle about selecting the right heat sink for my TEG, but I am really confused and lost with lots of equations. Here is the Specification of my TEG (TG12-2.5-01L) Module ...
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How does power dissipation for surface mount components work?

I know that with usual through hole components we can attach heatsinks etc. But how does it work with surface mount components? Is having a copper plate around the component the way to go? How do we ...
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LED lights and heatsink

I want to make a light for my boat roof. If I were to buy these (or similar), would I need to mount them to a heatsink, or would they be fine just as is? The largest size one has a power output of ...
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Regime of unsteady flow over heat sink

For my master thesis I'm simulating the cooling of an 2.5D microchip (2 dies next to each other on an interposer (slice of silicium with interconnections)). So I want to calculate the flow over the ...
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LM317 TO-220 heat sinking: Junction to case or junction to pad?

I have some LM317 ICs (TO-220) that I'm using on a power supply. I'm trying to figure out the heat sink values necessary to keep the IC under safe operation. All of my requirements are with 700 mA ...
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TO-220 voltage regulator, heatsink and mounts

I've received my heatsink and mounts for my voltage regulators. It's the first time for me. I'm not sure about the way to mount the regulator on the heatsink. Mainly a little film, not sure about the ...
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Pick a heatsink for voltage regulator

I have to dissipate \$2W\$ from a voltage regulator. It's a 7805 in a TO-220 package. The datasheet is here. It's the first time I have to pick those so I would like to have a review of the following ...
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Thermal calculation for a D2PAK with a SMT Heatsink

I am trying to calculate the junction temperature of a D2PAK FET that is dissipating 5W. The junction-to-case thermal resistance is 0.4 C/W. The junction-to-ambient (PCB mounted, steady state) ...
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Thermal resistance of spring for cheap TO-92 heatsink

I am looking at using a MCP1700 LDO regulator in the TO-92 case style. I was wondering about heat dissipation, and how to make a cheap-o heat sink for it, and had the brilliant idea of using a spring ...
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Datasheet or termal resistance for this heatsink

Can someone please help me find a datasheet or at least the thermal resistence for the following TO-220 heatsink? My local supplier doesn't have more info about it. They just marked it with those ...