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How Thermal Environment Impacts Power Supply Success

Selecting the right AC/DC power supply for a given application starts with environment. A power supply that is intended to spend its operational life in an office cubicle will clearly be subject to a different set of design challenges than one that will be potted into an enclosure and mounted to the side of an industrial irrigator.

Many physical properties of circuit elements and the media that surround them are in fact functions of environmental factors such as ambient temperature, air pressure, humidity, pollution degree, etc. Changes in ambient temperature can also affect the behavior, perfor- mance, and reliability of power supplies, making understanding the power supply’s operational temperature range crucial to the success of the design.

TT Electronics plc (LON:TTG) is a provider of engineered electronics applications for performance-critical applications. The Company works with customers in the industrial, medical, aerospace and defence, and transportation sectors.

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