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How to define the right heatsink ?

The switching component must be suitably cooled so that the junction temperature does not exceed the values specified : usually 125 or 150°C (this value depends on the power components) and so that the temperature of the heatsink does not exceed 90 or 100°C.

The heatsink can be determined either by calculation (see technical note - pages 4 to 6) or directly from the curves provided by celduc.

How to use thermal curves from our technical data-sheets ?

The type of heatsink to be used can be determined directly according to the switched currrent and the ambient temperature.

Example Ieff = 6 A and ambiant temperature max = 38°C

Operating mode of the above curves :

1- identify the current to be switched on the abscissa of the left hand curve

2- plot a vertical line from this point up to the curve (1)

3- from the point obtained, a horizontal line is plotted to the right hand curve (2)

4- identify the ambient temperature on the abscissa of the right hand curve

5- plot a vertical line from this point until you meet the horizontal line previously plotted (3)

6- this point determines the type of heatsink to the used

7- choose the heatsink corresponding to the curve located above this point. In this example 1,2°/W (4)

You can see that with a heatsink of 1,2°/W and 6A, the ambient temperature should not exceed 54°C (8) (9)
And with a heatsink of 1,2°/W and an ambient temperature of 38°C the maximum current could reach 8A (5) (6) (7)

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