Questions tagged [flux]

Refers to flux chemicals used in soldering. Use the magnetic-flux tag when referring to magnetic field changes.

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Mean Free Path of Magnetic Core

I don't understand how they got the mean free paths (ls) of each leg. I know that I should be calculating the longest + the shortest paths and divide them by two, but I don't know HOW I should be ...
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Transformer’s Flux and Back-EMF

I know that transformer is a constant flux device but there is one point I don't understand. As you know, when secondary of transformer is connected to a load, current starts to flow. This current ...
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Clean vs no-clean flux for high voltage circuit

I have a board that has fairly high working voltages up to 100V with small clearances down to 12 mil between the high voltage and ground or low voltage nets. This is unavoidable because the whole ...
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Relationship of Slip and Angle Between Rotor and Stator Flux for Induction Motor

I know how slip and flux angle individually affect torque of induction motors but I can't understand the relationship between slip and flux angle in terms of torque. Do they both have different effect ...
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solder wire makes solid & glassy residue

I know using flux makes some residue which makes unwanted contacts between components pins. I dont have any washing liquid or spray to remove it so i simply decided to not use them. But my solder ...
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A contradiction regarding flux conservation

Consider a simple circuit Initially switch S was opened till steady state is reached and then it was closed. My understanding regarding inductors is that you can't have a SUDDEN change in current ...
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What would be the consequence of the inductor saturating?

The following is a section from a book where it is talking about decoupling by LRC at supply terminals. I highlighted the sentence where I didnt understand: I read that if an inductor has an iron ...
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Gauss' Law for Electric fields

Is Gauss' law valid for space varying electric field? Gauss' law: Flux = Charge enclosed/Epsilon For same field E, flux = line integral of E.ds, ds- small area element What happens when E is ...
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Beginner Question - Solder won't stick to a certain wire

I am trying to tin some wires as they won't stick to the IC pins that I'm soldering them to. The problem I am having is that the solder won't stick to the wire. My iron is fine as can solder other ...
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How does flux change polarity in full bridge SMPS transformer?

Take a full bridge switching circuit connected to the primary of a transformer. Assume: No load on secondary. Voltage into full bridge is DC. Duty cycle of switching is 50%. At t = 0, full bridge ...
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What type of mask to be used in lead free soldering?

Is it safe to use mask for lead free soldering in solar string soldering? What type of mask to be used? What is the difference between lead based and lead free flux?
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Maximum and Minimum flux in a coil [closed]

A coil of 100 turns and a diameter of 3.18cm is mounted on an axle through a diameter and is place in a uniform magnetic field, where the flux density is 0.01T, in such a manner that the axle is ...
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What happens if a solder joint cools before all the flux has evaporated?

Sometimes, when soldering, I see little bubbles come out of the hot joint. Presumably, this is the flux evaporating and escaping as a gas. What happens if I remove the iron and let the joint cool ...
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Trying to choose a flux pen for my lab - Stannol X32 vs. X33S, what's the difference?

Dear fellow users of Electronics StackExchange, I'm in the process of trying to upgrade my electronics lab to be able to comfortably drag-solder dense SMD packages (SO's and PLCC's) and I'm wondering ...
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Confusion regarding eddy current losses

I have been taught in my machine's class that eddy current losses are proportional to the square of frequency*flux density, this seemed so fair that I never questioned this. But my machine design book ...
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Why is the Exciting Current zero in an ideal transformer?

An ideal transformer having infinite permeability core is supposed to have zero exciting current. An ideal transformer has infinite permeability core, which means that all the flux in the universe ...
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Possible causes of loss of electrical contact between PCB traces and male USB Type A connector pins soldered to PCB?

I have a problem that I've been embarrassingly working on for months and unable to completely solve. I'm a hobbyist and I have a simple PCB with a male USB Type A connector soldered to it: some of my ...
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Why does speed of DC motor increase when flux is reduced?

I understand that from KVL e = v -IaRa e=k(flux)speed speed=(constant)*(V-IaRa)/flux But physically what causes the speed to increase? What force causes the rotor to accelerate? In fact, ...
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Should I spray some flux on my board before putting it in the reflow oven?

I am using Tin-Lead solderpaste to make my prototype circuits. This is the exact solder paste: ALPHA OM-5100 (https://alphaassembly.com/Products/Solder-Paste/OM-5100)     ...
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Effects of no-clean flux or RMA flux residue on signals

I keep on hearing that no-clean solder paste or flux is bad for analog or digital signals because it makes analog signals "noisy" and promotes cross talk on digital signals. Like this claim: Flux ...
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soldering a 12V plug cathode

I cant seem to properly solder a stranded wire to that cathode terminal. Checked the answer https://electronics.stackexchange.com/a/90605/35737 - fluxing it did not help and solder does not adhere to ...
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What type of electronics soldering is this soldering flux used for?

I usually use rosin flux for soldering or one with rosin core if the solder refuses to stick. I recently found this Goot BS-15 flux, but it says not applicable to PC boards. The label says hobby use ...
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Residual flux conductivity on PCBs causing problems?

The question here is how much flux remains on boards under normal manufacturing conditions, how conductive is it, and does the conductivity change with humidity and temperature. I know that for ...
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What is the internal linkage flux of a wire with radius a(shaped like a cylinder)

How can we clarify that the relation between linkage flux an flux in a cylinder shaped wire is \$ d\lambda=\frac{x^2}{a^2}\ d\phi \$?can we illustrate this by electromagnetic formula?I think I would ...
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Mosfet failure in DC-DC switching converter: root cause analysis and countermeasures

I'm dealing with a pilot project which involves several units on the field (around 15 units) powered by a control card which needs to drive two resistive loads in DC in the range of 13-5 VDC. Each of ...
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Soldering question

Yesterday I soldered quite some things, but I'm still a beginner. I noticed that sometimes it happened that sometimes I use to much solder. When trying to remove it, I heat the pin with solder so it ...
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Bismuth or Indium solder - how do they compare?

In my previous question I focused on lead-based solder alloys (see Best solder wire - Sn63Pb37 vs Sn60Pb40 vs ...?). Some of you brought new exciting solder alloys to my attention. The two most ...
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Is acetone or isopropyl alcohol better for removing rosin flux?

For removing rosin flux from my board, should I use Acetone or Isopropyl Alcohol? I need an easily available solvent.
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Best Solder & flux for jewellery made with copper foil? [closed]

I want to make some glass jewellery with copper foil, but obviously can't use my usual lead solder that i use for my stained glass art, which is the best lead-free solder and what flux would it need. ...
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I need help for soldering. Is this good flux for use on PCB/Electronics?

this is a specific question to a product for soldering. I am a newbie to soldering so be kind. To be honest I was trying to learn soldering and watched videos and read some. But in germany there ...
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Solder Paste vs Solder Flux

I bought a "Solder Paste". It is in quote because I'm not really sure if it's a Solder Paste itself. I researched about what Solder Paste is and, by definition, is defined as a mixture of small ...
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Stainless steel soldering

Was wandering whether anyone could suggest how to solder stainless steel. I know hydrochloric acid flux is suggested to remove oxidation. Anyone could suggest a supplier in UK or who would be able to ...
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Hakko FX-888D Iron Issue

I just got a new Hakko 888D for Christmas. I have used it a bit since then, and I'm using the wet sponge, brass sponge, and some RadioShack tip cleaner to maintain the tip quality. The issue I am ...
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When do I choose to use a rosin based flux or rosin-free flux?

What are the general guidelines for determining when flux should or should not have rosin? Thanks
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Will my wires have current stability issues?

first post here. I'm currently making a set custom sleeved/crimped cables for my computer's modular power supply, and my crimper isn't very good, so for extra security, I've soldered all the crimps, ...
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Which flux type to use for SMD hobbyist (home-made) PCB?

"Short" question Which flux type to use for SMD hobbyist (home-made) PCB? How to know if a specific flux (e.g. F-SW-33) is no-clean or require cleaning. How to know if a specific flux conduct ...
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Why does the electronics industry use the adjective “organic” when it adds no information?

This has been nagging me for a while. I'm an engineer, not a chemist, so I've probably misunderstood something. The electronics industry uses the adjective "organic" a lot when describing materials. ...
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One flux for all electric soldering?

My understanding is that standard electrical soldering fluxes will not be effective on aluminum or stainless steels. Is that correct? But are all rosin fluxes adequate for the other metals ...
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Wireless Power Coil - Is this shielding? Field shaping?

I'm taking apart a Qi wireless power transfer receiver. The coil is etched into the pcb. The entire coil area (approximately 3.75 x 4.5 cm) is covered by a rectangular piece of hard, brittle material. ...
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Induced voltages and flux within a transformer and their polarities

This is a multifaceted question, and is more to see if I understand what happens inside a transformer. I understand the general idea behind transformers: Alternating voltage that is applied to the ...
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Hand soldering QFP component

I recently came across this video on YouTube, in which the guy is soldering a .5 mm QFP component. Hand soldering a .5 mm QFP Chip As I haven't done a lot of soldering in my life (and never used ...
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What is the difference between flux and flux-linkage? how to calculate inductance of transmission lines?

in calculating inductance of a single current carrying conductor how flux linkage is calculated?why flux is multiplied by a factor (X^2)/(r^2) to get flux linkage. see the following images:
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What are those black spots in these lead-free solder joints?

I have just changed to lead-free solder (I'm now using Chip Quik's "SMDSWLF.031, a Sn96.5/ Ag3.0/ Cu0.5 solder with 2.2% no-clean flux) but I'm not sure what I'm seeing when inspecting my boards. The ...
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How long can you leave flux on a PCB?

How long can flux be left on a PCB? I am working on one of my PCBs and I have put flux on it to solder. Can I leave it overnight. Is that ok? Or how long can flux be on the board? update: 715 water ...
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Components to avoid using on an ultrasonic cleaner

What components populated on a PCB are not safe to clean in an ultrasonic cleaner? It is not limited, but I specifically wonder below components if they are safe to use or some requires special ...
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Can liquid soldering flux be refrigerated?

I've been upgrading my soldering mojo lately and have collected an assortment of liquid fluxes. The Kester 951 and Kester 186 datasheets state shelf lives (1 and 2 years respectively) when stored ...
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in order to understand bldc motors and their working principle, I read a lot on the web, and I see them like a tripolar steppers, am I right?

I was told my previous questions were not well received by the community, it was never my intent to post a repeated question or a bad formulated one, and english is my second language, not my maternal ...
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What does “no clean” solder actually mean?

I bought some solder that says it doesn't require cleaning. The description specifically says "Eliminates the need and expense of cleaning". But there's still a lot of some substance left on my board ...
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Chipquick SMD291 No-clean Paste Flux - Conductive?

I'm using this brand and type paste flux, and it works very well... except for one small problem. After assembling 5 prototypes, most had bizarre issues, which were resolved when the flux was removed ...
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Mitigate the effects of magnetic induction heating in a three phase AC system

To mitigate the effects of magnetic induction heating in a three phase AC system, it is common practice to group the conductors and to keep them in the same raceway. Also, three phase power is ...