Technical Articles

Illinois Capacitor has published these technical articles:

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Tantalum capacitors have seen unprecedented growth that has left the availability of these capacitors so scarce that engineers have been forced to redesign their circuit boards using alternative...
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Circuit board traces and wires are not to be located over the safety vents of aluminum electrolytics capacitors. In the event the safety is activated, hot flammable gases can be expelled from the...
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The sleeve on the capacitors is for identification purposes. It has no electrical or other functional characteristics. The marking sleeve material of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) has been the standard...
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Todays' engineers are quite well versed about how to employ embedded processors, write code and even robotic technologies. However, when it comes to the selection and application of passive...
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The following formula is to be used to determine what capacitance value is required....
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Supercapacitors voltage characteristics are of primary concern in this application. Supercapacitors have a capacitive and resistive component that directly affect the voltage charge/discharge rate of...
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Component traceability: Aluminum electrolytic capacitors....
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Capacitor markings....
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When cleaning circuit boards care should be taken to prevent the capacitor from being contaminated by the cleaning solvent. Halogenated cleaning solvent should not be used. These solvents can...
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EMI/ RFI Interference suppression capacitors are used to filter out any noise or high voltage spikes that can cause damage to a circuit device....
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Failure modes, mechanisms, and root causes....
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Glossary of film capacitor technical specs....
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Tantalum capacitors have seen unprecedented growth that has left the availability of these capacitors so scarce that engineers have been forced to redesign their circuit boards using alternative...
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Capacitors are needed in IGBT circuits to protect the module from damage from transient voltages. Decoupling the parasitic bus inductance with a low inductance capacitor mounted directly to the IGBT...
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Dissipation factor (tan d)or DF is defined as the ratio of the ESR and capacitive reactance. It is the Dissipation factor is also known as the tangent of the loss angle and is commonly expressed in...
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Film capacitors can be divided into three basic construction types: film/foil capacitors, metallized film capacitors, and mixed technology capacitors....
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Aluminum electrolytic capacitors slowly degrade over time and once the capacitor has degraded beyond a specified amount, the capacitor is considered to have failed. Most capacitors are considered a...
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Film capacitors reliability is determined in a similar manner as aluminum electrolytic capacitors with the exception that the applied voltage has an even greater effect on the reliability....
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With the rapidly changing landscape in ICs and other semiconductors, it is easy to think of the supporting cast of electrolytic capacitors as a design constant. While many electrolytics look similar...
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Aluminum polymer electrolytic capacitors are the latest evolutionary step in improving the properties of aluminum electrolytic capacitors to make them more like a film capacitor....
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MTBF (Mean time between failures) is the most commonly used reliability rating used today. Aluminum electrolytic capacitors do not failure in a manner where MTBF can be used accurately. Instead of...
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When soldering aluminum electrolytic capacitors with a soldering iron the exposure should be limited to 260°C for 10 seconds or 350°C for 3 seconds....
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Storing aluminum electrolytic capacitors at high temperatures or in direct sunlight will cause the electrolyte within the capacitor to evaporate through the rubber end seals. The loss of electrolyte...
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Supercapacitors also called ultracapacitors and electric double layer capacitors (EDLC) are capacitors with capacitance values greater than any other capacitor type available today. Capacitance values...
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Ideally when capacitors are placed in series the voltage across each capacitor should be distributed evenly across the capacitors. This does not always occur as intended due to the variations in the...