Over the last half century we've accumulated a lot of knowledge about thermal controls. Periodically we use some of this information to create whitepapers we think will be helpful to Design Engineers looking for better circuit safety ideas.
Derating For Real World Conditions
Allowing for desired safety margins when selecting components of an electrical circuit requires close attention to how each component will react to real world conditions, both ambient and circuit-related.
Design Considerations for Thermal Controls
Customization is key to optimum performance
The ambient environment surrounding a thermal control can have a big effect on how the device operates. No two application environments are exactly alike, even though the applications may share a similar function. The materials used for an appliance as well as many other design considerations vary from product to product.