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Old 11th February 2012, 03:16 AM   #11
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I have 8 of these same resistors mounted on a BIG piece of aluminum extrusion that is about 3' long. I have it wired dual channel with 4x resistors wired in such a way that i can easily get 8 ohms @ 200 watts, 16 ohms at 400 watts or 4 ohms at 400 watts. Or I can do 8 ohms at 800 watts single channel.

I have run some pretty big amps on this load bank and i have yet to get it even hot to the touch! and i have hit it with over 2000 watts for short periods of time.

I am guessing there has to be a current limit vs time factor for these resistors. and this brings me to a question about failure modes of these big resistors. Obviously if you keep them cool you can hit them pretty hard up to and over there rated power, But I imagine there has to be a limit to how much current they can handle for a short duration?? How do I figure out the max current vs time?? 2000 watts is just shy of 16 amps @ 8 ohms, wiring is done with 10 gauge wire and heavy duty crimp lugs.

I really need a bigger load bank.
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Old 11th February 2012, 04:06 AM   #12
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I've got some 6ga wire. But was thinking only 5A per 4ohm 100W resistor.
Do I really need to work with huge wire this stiff? But then again, I have
to make for accurate measurements. Burning wires isn't my only concern
for avoiding such losses. But most of my losses will be at the connections,
and not in the wire, so I'll also be soldering lugs wherever possible.

We got a solder pot that can tin really big stuff quickly without overheating.
If I tried to use an iron, heat would creep up the wire and probably burn
the jacket. But I can heat one end so fast... Trick is to keep the connector
from falling off into the melt. And lots of flux...

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Old 11th February 2012, 06:07 AM   #13
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We got a solder pot that can tin really big stuff quickly without overheating.
If I tried to use an iron, heat would creep up the wire and probably burn
the jacket. But I can heat one end so fast... Trick is to keep the connector
from falling off into the melt. And lots of flux...
Trick in the old days was to use anti-wicking tweezers or clamps. Basically a heat sink you clamp on the wire where you do not wish tinning to go beyond. Alas, were rare even in the 80's...
Nowadays maybe swedge ends on before dunking?
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Old 11th February 2012, 11:06 PM   #14
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I'd say the instantaneous or short term power handling figure for these types of resistor is fairly large, especially if the resistor is cool when the large power dump is applied.

If you look at the data-sheet for this product, you will see figures quoted for power exceeding rated specification vs time.

For example they will handle 5 times rated power but only for 5 seconds, or 25x rated power for 1 second. So in other words you can easily do extremely high power burst testing without any issues. Obviously the duration will be linked to the heating of the internal power element and the higher short term power figures being related to the fact that the heat cannot escape quickly enough through the casing, so no matter the size of the heat-sink, the power element will overheat if the overload condition persists.
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