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Old 2nd December 2002, 12:21 AM   #1
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Default Testing heatsinks

I'm almost done with my new homemade sinks, and i'd like to check if they'll live up to my expectactions I was wondering on how i could attach a power resistor to them when it struck me "hell, i've already 4 transistors on each!". The thing is, any ideas on how to set up a power BJT to do nothing but waste power? I know it's not hard, but i'd like a complete solution (like, being able to work with MOSFETs too and easy monitoring of the dissipated power).
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Old 2nd December 2002, 12:52 AM   #2
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Hi Lisandro,

Rod Elliot has a circuit on his website to make an amp oscillate, maybe with that and a current meter you might get some results, ( along with a thermometer of some kind as well, of course).
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Old 2nd December 2002, 02:02 AM   #3
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No no... the thing is i have NO amp built arround the sinks, just the output devices attached to them So i want to set the transistors to dissipate heat and measure how much the sink warms to see if they perform correctly.
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Why don't you just use the mosfet matching circuit?

Just change the resistor values to get 2 amps of current
or so.

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Old 3rd December 2002, 06:55 AM   #5
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I'll try that, tnx!
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Old 4th December 2002, 01:14 AM   #6
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Or just set op the transistors to be current regulator, and short it out... ...tested heatsinks on a power supply like that...
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