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

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The right gauge wire for a 12v parallel wiring to LEDS and heat sink

enter image description here Hey guys would love your expertise on a project, I'm just a beginner on this stuff. I'm building an LED panel with a total wattage output of about 480W. My question ...
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Why are circuit boards not covered in thermal paste?

A pcb in deionized water may behave differently due to the change in capacitive ratio (leaving obvious problems such as where to get pure deionized water and keep it contaminant free). However, ...
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Heatsink for diode and mosfet in 12V 15A LC circuit

I am trying to design simple step down bulk voltage converter: This circuit will be 'stepping down' 12V to lower voltages depending on needs (driven by 20kHz PWM with variable duty cycles). The ...
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Choosing a Heatsink for LM317 [duplicate]

I am using a LM317 to create 12V into 7V which is driving a load that draws 1A. So I have to dissipate 5W from my voltage regulator. Datasheet is here. According to the datasheet Rja is ...
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Do I need a heat sink for small voltage regulator?

I'm using a 7808 voltage regulator in to-220 package. Vin is 12V, Vout is 8V. Expected max current should be in the range of 10mA, let's say 50mA at most. Circuit is to be encased. Do I need to add a ...
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Heatsinking a TO 220 Case

There are modules that I have purchased that are already built on a PCB, and I would like to integrate them into my board. There is a TO-220 case which is a transistor on the bottom side, and it is ...
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How to to Use a Nylon Shoulder Washer?

I'm somewhat curious as to how to use a nylon shoulder washer with a bolt. There is an example of this here (http://electronics.stackexchange.com/a/45579/95654), but I can't figure out how it would ...
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Thermal Resistance Unit

This is Regrading Datasheet ICE2A365 Infineon. In datasheet they shown Thermal resistance junction to ambient is 90 K/W. So confusion is what is K its kelvin or Degree C, If it is kelvin than changing ...
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Voltage Regulator Heat Concerns

I've read some very good threads here on power and heat dissipation in VRs and believe I understand (most of) it. I have a 5V circuit operating a 12V relay (nominal operating current of 53mA), an ...
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Can an oil bath replace a heatsink and fan?

I have a high power LED (100W) that needs attaching to a heatsink (and presumably fan). Could I just immerse it in an insulating fluid and use natural convection/conduction to cool it?
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Cutting extruded heatsink

I have this heatsink. It is extruded and is quite long (10cm) with 4.9°K/W. I had a similar heatsink but cutted to be square rather than rectangular, therefore with a side of 1.5cm and a thermal ...
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Help understanding why heat sinks work

Okay, so I'm trying to figure out why use heat sinks at all. Let's say if have a component that, by itself, is trying to dissipate (PD) 11W of power. The current TJ is at 50°C and the RJ-A of the ...
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When to use a heatsink for a voltage regulator?

Sometimes in small projects Im using voltage regulators with outputs 8V or 5V such as LM7805. Power is I*V but Im wondering when really a heatsink is needed. Sometimes the current flow from the ...
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Heatsink temperature probe

I read around that with an anonymous heatsink, you can measure its temperature when at regimen dissipating P watts. Then, (T-Tamb)/P gives its thermal resistance. Is that meaningful? Can I do this ...
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High dielectric strength temperature sensor (2500V)

I am trying to measure the temperature on a heatsink that is at Earth ground potential, while my circuit ground is at line potential. Typically I would use something like the Microchip MCP9700 in a ...
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MOSFET Circuit Design and Thermal Considerations

I'm a newbie at EE, and just I wanted to verify that the design I came up with for a MOSFET circuit that drives a 12V 500mA water pump will work. I'd also like to confirm I can run the N-Channel ...
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Heat Sink Isolation

What is the best strategy for heat sinking a MOSFET? I have a heat sink all picked out here. I also have a MOSFET picked out here. I know that the tab is electrified with the drain. There are a few ...
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Is it optimized to design same temperature for several heat sink in a power supply?

I plan to use 5 heatsinks in a two-switch forward converter. Should I to design same temperature for them or it is optimized to each heat-sink has a special temperature?
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Over designed heat sink or a well designed one?

I designed a heat sink for the first time. I am not sure if it is over designed or a well designed one? I use IRFP460 in a two-switch forward converter. The maximum power of the converter is 1000 ...
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PCB Heater design issues

I'm using copper tracks laid out on an FR4 board as a heater device. It's a serpentine design with the copper 0.3mm wide and 0.2mm spacing. I have three sets of tracks which I intend to heat up at ...
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why inductor is getting warm & burn in voltage regulator-lm2576

I am creating an add-on board for my raspberry pi. I want to power up the raspberry pi from a voltage regulator (LM-2576 o/p is 5v and 3-A). I also want to drive two dc motors, 3-servo motors, an ...
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heat sink calculation for parallel bjt

I'm working on a project and I need to use 3 parallel bjt to give me 20 A current.Total power dissipation is 356 W.I know how to calculate a sink for one transistor,but in this case I'm not sure what ...
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Why do these two dramatically different sized heatsinks have similar thermal resistance?

I have a plate fin heatsink that measures 100mm wide x 114mm long x 4mm for the plate with 6 fins that are 35mm tall x 1mm thick. I get 1.84C/W at 100LFM when I punch these values into a heatsink ...
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PCB copper thickness heatsinking

Does increasing PCB copper thickness have any benefit for improving its heatsinking ability? I am looking at mounting some SMD Op Amps (OPA552) which will need to dissipate up to 2W each. I will ...
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Heatsink surface temperature

This question is related to who knows how to design a thermal management. I started learn to do this, at hobbyst level. So, this is the assumption of the situation: When someone design the thermal ...
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Could I use a heatsink to interconnect transistors mounting base?

I'm designing a CMOS H-bridge single sided board. To keep it small as possible, I would like to not connect the transistor's drain by trace. In spite off, as they are connected to the mounting base ...
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How can I make nichrome wire perform more consistent heating in liquids?

Was told to ask this here from chat. I have 32AWG nichrome water that I want to use to heat liquids. I submerged it into water and noticed that the part outside of water is glowing red, but the part ...
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When a Heatsink Require on MOSFET

How can we know weather a Component ( for example MOSFET) need A Heat sink to Work properly.
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TEC 12706 not drawing more than 1.6A when powered by a 12V PC SMPS

I have recently bought TEC 12706 device from Sunrom.com; The specification says that the device can draw more than 6A current at 15.4V and internal resistance is ~2 ohms. But when I measured the ...
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Design of a heat sink, combined with a pc cooling system

I currently have the task to cool a system of four small devices \$ \left(1 \times 5\; \mathrm{cm}^2 \; \text{each} \right)\$ with a total heat dissipation of \$150\$ W. My idea was to use a ...
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Where can I find the C/W rating for PI48, PI49 and PI51 heat sinks?

I was wondering if there is any reference to calculate the C/W ratings for PI48, PI49 and PI51 heat sinks? Just for reference, I am referring to these devices: http://www.nex-robotics.com/heat-sink....
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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 ...