I'm using 3 MOSFETS in a circuit due to the large currents flowing through these MOSFETS. I want to use one big single heatsink for all instead of 3 separate heat sinks. This is because at one time only one MOSFET is conducting. I believe that this will reduce the overall heatsink size and reduce temperature cycling .

Is there any problem using this type of heat sink? Can any one please share some links related to this type of heatsink.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Usually the MOSFETS in one device are all mounted on a single large heatsink. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 17, 2017 at 9:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you can provide enough isolation (if needed) then you can mount even all the high-temp components on a single heatsink. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 17, 2017 at 9:50

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There is no problem with mounting multiple MOSFETs on to one heatsink. It is done all the time in various products. Sometimes the heatsink assembly becomes part of the mechanical structure of the product.

The main problem you face is that most high power components like MOSFETs will have a bare metal thermal conduction face on the component. Most often this metal face is electrically conductive to one of the MOSFET component leads or may even be one of the leads itself. It is rare that multiple MOSFETs in a circuit will have the metal face on all the components be connected electrically to the same circuit node. This means that when mounting onto the common heat sink it becomes necessary to use a mounting technique that isolates each component from its mates on the heatsink. Here is an example of isolation using thermally conductive insulation pads. Some components will also require insulating the screws from the component as well if the hole in the MOSFET is right into the metal part of the package.

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