wirewound resistor selection

100 Watt Power Resistor

There is a wide variety of applications calling for a 100 watt power resistor. By looking through the power resistor products page it is apparent that there are several options when selecting a power resistor that meets this rating. Here we take a look at all the available options:

Power Wire Wound Resistor Assembly. The HA tubular power resistor is a highly reliable and ‘tried and tested’ resistor assembly that has been manufactured for over 40 years. It is robust, moisture resistant, resists chipping and can withstand temperatures over 1000 C.  It is available in an adjustable resistance and has many mounting […]

500 Watt Power Resistor – Selecting Wire Wound Resistors

16 February 2015. Continuing on with out wire wound resistor selection series, this week we take the example of a high power resistor – namely a 500 watt power resistor. In this example our application calls for a 500 watt rated resistor that has a 5 percent tolerance and 470 ohm adjustable resistance.

A 500 watt rated resistor, by its very power rating, calls for a rugged, highly reliable method of construction, with the ability to dissipate significant amounts of heat from the body of the resistor. From our wire wound resistor product selection guide, we can see that the Y Series […]

200 Watt Power Resistor

200 watt rated power resistors  are commonly used in industry in a wide range of applications including:

resistor load banks
dropping resistors in large power supplies
power conversion circuits
braking applications

Tubular power wire wound resistors are often considered to be the ‘standard’ in high power resistors as they offer a ‘tried and tested’ solution and offer high reliability and low cost. The HO Series power resistor is often used when a 200 watt rated resistor is required. This resistor specification includes:

200 watt rating
267 mm ceramic former length
29 mm ceramic former diameter or 33 mm when coated
Mounting feet centres are 292 mm
For the standard fixed power […]

Wirewound Resistors – Basic Resistor Principles

Understanding Critical Parameters In Resistor Selection – Ohms Law
Going back to college fundamental physics is helpful in understanding the most commonly used parameters used in specifying wirewound and power resistors. Good engineering practice will generally mean that a certain degree of ‘over specifying’ will result in long term reliability and performance of the final product – be it a motor control circuit, power supply, resistor bank, heating or cooling appliances or printed circuit board control circuitry.

Resistance – Ohms Law

Ohms law is possibly the most fundamental equation taught in electrical engineering. It is the foundation principle used to determine the relationship […]