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[Amps] 6A rectifier diode choice

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Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 10:35:37 -0700
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>To: Conrad G0RUZ; AMPS
>Subject: Re: [Amps] 6A rectifier diode choice
> 1n5408s will do 12A 24/7 in FWB service.  An example would be 2,
>4cx15.000A/8281's in RTTY service running 12A @10kV=120 big ones.
>>I have been using BWY96E's and 1N5408's in FWB rectifiers up to now, for my
>>latest project I would like to use a 6A diode. What is the preferred choice
>>for best price/performance ratio?
>>Conrad G0RUZ

**To do it, one needs to double up the individual diodes.  2, 3A-rated  
diodes in parallel will dissipate heat better than one 6A diode - 
provided the pair has an air-gap.

> I have a PSU design software package that reports 3.5A peak at 2 amp
>DC RMS in a fwb. 

Typical I-peak in a C-filter PS supply runs c. 10-x  average output 

> Why do the manufacturers say 2amp max? 

**The 1n5408 is mfg-rated at 3A average, 200a-pk, . 

>I was hoping for a
>near 2 times safety margin. I would be most happy to carry on using 1N5408s
>as I have had zero failures in 6 years so far.........
So spend a bit extra for glass-passivated 3A units and employ forced air 
cheers, Conrad

-  R. L. Measures, a.k.a. Rich..., 805.386.3734,AG6K,  

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