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controlled, constant-power circuit required

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johnamey

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I need to design a power supply to flash-heat a low resistance material to drive off solvents ( say about 30 seconds duration -variable up to 1min ideally). The material impedance is micro-ohm range and drops with rise in temperature. The power required is around 15 - 50Watts (adjustable) and should be constant or, at least, limited. I want the voltage to be low (say under 10Vdc) for safety (ac power might be acceptable). The power should be able to be ramped up over a brief adjustable period to avoid thermal runaway. Anybody got any good ideas?
 

crust

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How about just a constant voltage / constant current power supply. You could use a micro as the actuator for your control loop to ramp up the current and then shut it down after some time.
 

johnamey

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constant power circuit

Sounds fine to me - I have had similar thoughts. What I really need is a working circuit diagram to build a prototype.
 

tavib

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:p
If you have a very low resistance material, then a good idea is to heat it through high frequency magnetic field.
Simply put your material inside of one solenoid that is supply with a high frequency voltage at desired power.
In this case you avoid all problems linked with case of electrical contact heating, and minimize the risk of contamination.
 

Roff

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Have you considered that it takes 1000 amps through 1 microohm to cause it to dissipate 1watt? The voltage would be 1 millivolt. I know that your element's resistance is more than 1 uohm, but you might want to do some calculations.
 

johnamey

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Thanks for the postings guys. There's some good info there. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

Any other advice/ideas gratefully accepted :)
 
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