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Old 27th October 2012, 11:03 PM   #1
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Default Heat-sink size 101

Does anyone know of a simple way or formula for selecting the proper size heat-sinks ?
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Old 27th October 2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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Hi,

Its not simple at all when your talking big heatsinks. The rest of the time
looking at similar applications you usually need very similar heatsinks.

rgds, sreten.
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Old 27th October 2012, 11:48 PM   #3
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Look in the application notes in the data sheet for the LM3886 chip amp. Given is a relatively simple relation between maximum junction temperature and ambient temperature, and case and heatsink degrees C (or K) per Watt ratings. This is about as simple as it can be made, although the same heatsink will have a different C/W rating at each level of dissipated power.
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have look here: How to Select a Suitable Heat Sink and http://www.crydom.com/en/Tech/HS_WP_HS.pdf
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Old 27th October 2012, 11:55 PM   #5
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This Jaycar primer on heatsink basics is both a useful and concise explanation.
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Old 28th October 2012, 12:12 AM   #6
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Thank-you everyone ! While doing some further surfing I had found this > http://sound.westhost.com/heatsinks.htm < this seems to be well written in a form easy to understand.

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