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Derating Factor Problem

  1. Nov 5, 2006 #1
    Okz my question is like this:

    A certain semiconductor has a max rated dissipation of 5W at 50 degree Celsius case Temperature and must be derated above 50 degree celisus case temperature [tex]\theta_{CA}[/tex] = 5 degree C/W

    1) Can the device be operated at 5W of dissipation without auxiliary cooling (without heat sink or fan) when ambient temperature is 40 degree celsisus?

    2) if not, then what is the max possible dissipation, with no auxiliary cooling at 40 degree celsius?

    3) What derating factor should be applied to the device in watts per ambient degree?

    okz so now this is what i have solved myself:

    1) we can find

    [tex]P_{d} = \frac{T_{C}-T_{A}}{\theta_{CA}}[/tex]

    THis give me

    Pd = 2 W

    which clearly is less then the required 5W. So it it means that the device cannot be operated without auxiliary cooling.

    2) The maximum permissible dissipation at 40 degree celsius will be 2W as calculated above.

    3) no idea

    Please tell me have i solved the first two parts correctly or not. If not then what is the correct way to solve them. Secondly, please tell me how to solve this third part.

    I shall be thankful to u for ur precious and quick replies.

    Take carez!

    Good Bye!

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  3. Nov 6, 2006 #2


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    You are fine on 1 & 2. I think 3 is poorly worded. What temperature scale are they asking for? Celsius? Kelvin? Could you post the exact wording of the question please?
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