More on inductors

  1. I'm looking to buy some inductors, axial or radial ones. What I need to know is the difference between measured dc current and ac current. Modeled in multisim, the max dc current through the inductor is about 1mA but the max ac current approaches 1A. I know inductors have max current values, so do I use the 1mA or the 1A to decide which one to buy?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. berkeman

    Staff: Mentor

    You generally want to keep your inductors out of saturation, both for DC and AC. So use the bigger number.
     
  4. LURCH

    LURCH 2,512
    Science Advisor

    Ooops! I thought this thread was about "moron inducters."

    *Quietly slips out*
     
  5. berkeman

    Staff: Mentor

    I need to clarify this a bit (thank you to user Phrak for the tip)...

    To keep the inductor from saturating, you need to size it to handle the biggest PEAK current that it will experience in operation. That may be a combination of the AC and DC currents, depending on their relative sizes and offsets.

    Looks like I was the inductor moron.... :rolleyes:
     
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