No kidding and no SMD: 8-kilowatt resistors

August 7, 2018 | 13:32
No kidding and no SMD: 8-kilowatt resistors
No kidding and no SMD: 8-kilowatt resistors
Custom designed resistive load banks allow for load simulation of many electrical applications for testing purposes. When an electric motor driven load is being decelerated, the motor acts as a generator, converting kinetic energy of the load to electrical energy. The dynamic braking circuit converts this electrical energy into heat to slow the load, through the use of dynamic braking resistors. Braking resistors ensure proper motor operation, allow heavy loads to stop quickly and protect the drive from damage. Furthermore, dynamic braking resistors that are improperly cooled, incorrectly sized, physically damaged or electrically failed can cause costly unwanted down time.

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. have introduced a new series of high power, high current mica grid resistors in the standard mill bank size. Offering designers a lower cost option to the standard stainless steel grid design, Vishay Milwaukee GREM feature power of 8 kW (no typo) at 40 °C, which is 23% higher than standard 6500-watt stainless steel grid resistors in the standard mill bank size. At the same time, GREM devices are 30% lighter than stainless steel grid resistors with the same power dissipation, and offer a favourable price point.

The new GREM resistors feature a resistance range from 0.067 Ω to 24.273 Ω (no typo), with a tolerance of ± 10%, temperature coefficients down ±130 ppm/°C, and currents from 18 A to 345 A. The devices offer high temperature operation to +415 °C. The datasheet is here.
 
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