# Questions tagged [power-dissipation]

Anything related to power dissipation in electrical and electronic circuits and components, i.e. the process in which electrical energy is converted to heat when current flows through them.

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### Heat Dissipation Calculation for MOSFET

My challenge at the moment is dissipating 60A of load current through an array of MOSFETs. Here are my specs: No cooling fans Heatsinks allowed, if needed FET and/or heatsink cannot attach to the ...
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### Is it possible to calculate how much heat dissipation and temperature rise will take place in a resistor

Suppose I have a 100 mAh battery at 20V. I connect a 1000 kohm resistor across it. How much heat will be generated and how can I find the temperature rise in the resistor? As the battery operates I ...
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### LED strips: 46% resistive losses?

I recently bought these LED strips. They are supposed to run on 12V/72W and have 300 x the SMD 5050 LEDs on it. Schematic: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab The ...
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### How to choose correct resistor with proper wattage and ohms for 6 leds connected in a serial circuit?

Let's suppose I've six LED lights with each 3.2 Volt and 20mA and all six of them are connected in one serial circuit. I know there is better setup but for this I'm using this circuit setup. I'm ...
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### How do I treat this “lamp” to find power dissipated?

This is my circuit. I need to find the power dissipated by Vlamp. So the lamp turns on if the Vlamp is more than 2V. When the ...
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### How are LEDs considered efficient?

I've always found circuits containing LEDs hard to understand, please bear with me. I know most people find it easy, but I'm confused by them so some of my assumptions might not be correct, please ...
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### Is there any pattern or standard to through-hole resistor sizes?

I've long been under the impression that a quarter-watt resistor has a standard package, and a half-watt resistor has a standard package, etc. But I've recently gotten through-hole resistors which are ...
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### Wattage calculation for resistors in series

I need the formula for calculating resistor wattage when the resistors are in series. For example, say I have 3 1/4 watt 10 ohm resistors in series. What is the potential power dissipation for the ...
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### Is CPU/GPGPU heat dissipation quadratic in clock frequency?

In the following article on overclocking a Pentium from 1GHz to 5GHz using liquid nitrogen: The 5GHz Project, there is an assertion that "Heat dissipation rises exponentially during extreme ...
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I'm working on a design with MOSFETs and with the LT4415 device. The MOSFETs should dissipate an average heat of 0.45 W (with peak at 2 W but just a couple of seconds with several minutes to recover)...
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### PCB layout for high side switch (high current)

I'm working on a PCB layout for two high side switches. You can see below a picture of my current layout. The copper weight of the future PCB will probably be 2 oz/ftĀ² (double sided). I use two p-...
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### SOA analysis for MOSFET-based Electronic Load

I'm working on a second-generation design for an electronic load. The first generation is described in this prior question if anyone is interested (scroll down to section containing first photo), but ...