Air Turbulator/Resistor Card
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
The illustrated structure merges resistors from several resistor modules onto a porcelain/steel substrate. This improves cooling and reduces cost. Fig. 1 shows a side view. A long narrow porcelain/steel substrate 10 carries several thick film resistors 12 on one or both sides of the substrate. Combination mounting and connector clips 14 are soldered onto the bottom edge. These clips act as pins for 10 and are wave soldered to circuit card 16. The shape of the substrate 10 is optimized to provide good cooling for the resistors 12, and also the material of the clips 14 is selected for minimum heat conduction into the card 16. The top edge 18 of the substrate 10 is designed to increase air turbulence, which in turn enhances the cooling of surrounding electronic components, and the bottom edge 20 is shaped to provide standoffs.