Bulk Metal® Foil Resistors Video
Vishay Precision Group, Inc. announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors division (VFR) has unveiled a new video that presents a demonstration of the high energy pulse capabilities of two resistor technologies: thin film and Bulk Metal® Foil. The short video demonstrates how an 80x rated power electrical pulse vaporizes the thin film device, but is easily absorbed by the Foil resistor.
Using a destructive test that determines how a resistor will perform in a worst-case scenario — such as a lightning strike to an airplane or a power surge — the demo video introduced today highlights the inherent robust design and survivability of VPG Bulk Metal Foil resistors. The test circuit used in this demonstration consists of a high-voltage power supply, a knife switch, two small DMMs, a large 3,000 V capacitor, and 10 kilohm 1206-size resistors in both thin film and the Bulk Metal Foil technologies. The capacitor is charged to 450 V and then discharged through the resistors, subjecting the resistors to a 20 W pulse for 150 ms, or about 80x their rated power.
As a result of the high energy pulse, the thin film resistor is instantly vaporized. The VPG Bulk Metal Foil resistor, however, not only survives, but shows an insignificant change in resistance. While not all circuits are subject to such high energy pulses, the test provides a clear “figure of merit” indicative of Bulk Metal Foil’s ability to withstand the most severe environmental and application stresses with little or no impact on precision, stability, or reliability. The demonstration shows that, in applications requiring unquestioned reliability and survivability, the VPG Bulk Metal Foil resistor is the device of choice.
The high energy pulse demo is available now on the Vishay Foil Resistors website at http://www.vishaypg.com/foil-resistors/videos.
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About Vishay Foil Resistors
Vishay Foil Resistors is a division of Vishay Precision Group, producing the most precise and stable resistors available. The portfolio comprises products in a variety of resistor and package configurations to meet the needs of a wide range of applications: discrete resistors and resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (fixed-lead) configurations; customized chip resistor networks; precision trimming potentiometers; and discrete chips for use in hybrid circuits. The foil resistors and current sensors are used in applications requiring a high degree of precision and stability, such as in medical testing equipment, high performance audio equipment, precision measuring instruments, aerospace, and military applications.