Forum: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Sathees kumar Ramamoorthy ( )
Date posted: Thu Apr 3 9:26:44 US/Eastern 2003
Subject: Derating
I'll be grateful if anybody could help me in solving this issue and other issues that I have posted in this forum.

Question :" Whether we have to use the Derated power as the Rated power if we are using the device above the ambient temperature". For eg., 0.0088 W/'C is the derating to be done for a diode whose rated power is 0.65 W (at 25'C). If I'm using the device at 70'C, the derated power comes to 0.254 W which is 71% derating. Now whether I have to use Derated or Rated power for my stress calculation. Please clarify. Thanks in advance. Sathees.


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