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Direct Water-Cooled Wirewound Resistors Dissipate up to 9kW

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. today introduced a new series of direct water-cooled wirewound resistors that offers ultrahigh power dissipation to 9000W with almost no external radiation. Available in six compact sizes ranging from 38mm by 178mm to 38mm by 410mm, Vishay MCB DCRF series devices are designed to save space and increase reliability over standard wirewound resistors.

The resistors released today handle 10-times the power of natural-cooled devices in the same size, and two-times the power of indirect water-cooled devices. By replacing multiple components with one resistor, the DCRF series allows designers to lower costs, simplify layouts, and reduce the size of their end products. The devices’ modular structure enables a multi-resistive element option.

Optimized as load, filter, snubber, and discharge resistors in large drives; HVDC; and battery-management systems for industrial applications, the resistive elements of DCRF series devices are in direct contact with water and insulated by ceramic tubes, eliminating the need for a heatsink.

With almost no or limited external radiation, the resistors increase reliability by limiting the surface temperature, while a safe failure mode prevents leakage in the event of a water-flow shutdown. The devices can handle an overload of two times nominal power for 60 sec. without damage.

The DCRF series offers low inductance (< 500nH for model DCRF 38 x 178 with resistance of 4.7Ω) and provides a resistance range from 0.56Ω to 27Ω, with tolerances down to ±5%. The devices feature power ratings from 1500W to 9000W with a water inlet temperature of 65°C and 8.33 l/min flow rate (deionized water with conductivity <2µS/cm). RoHS-compliant and lead (Pb)-free, the resistors offer a typical temperature coefficient of 100 ppm/°C and operate over a temperature range of -55°C to +120°C.

Samples and production quantities of the DCRF series are available now for the 38mm by 178mm size with resistance of 1.6Ω and 3.2Ω. Lead times are 15 weeks for larger orders. Pricing for U.S. delivery only starts at $325 per piece in 50-piece quantities.

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
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