Clairvoyant, the title has been changed and once agin, thank you for pointing this out. I really appreciate that you have commented on all of my blogs. I look forward to your comments as much as I look forward to writing the articles yet to come.
Thanks for a good overview of an important topic. Derating is used extensively in designing hardware for harsh conditions, such as military or industrial applications, where environmental conditions can vary over a wide range. In many cases, hardware must pass extensive environmental testing prior to being fielded. Derating components is a good way to ensure that the hardware passes these srtringent tests and works well in fielded applications.
As I mentioned earlier, I did not title this article. I agree it is inappropriately titled. I asked the editor to rename it to Derating: Designing in Operating Margin to Extend Component and Product Lifetime. I hope that happens soon.
In my opinion this article should be appropriately titled as " Having a safety factor in the design".
It is a good design practice to have some kind of a sfety factor while choosing the componenets in a given design whether it is a mechanical system, Electrical system, Chemical system or a thermodynamic one. This practice is being followed since the word engineering came into being.
In the designs that came out say 50 years ago, the engineers would put a much larger safety factor in their design compared to what today's engineers do. That is why the machines , appliances designed in those times lasted much more than their expected life time.
In my opinion ,such safety factor ( or the derating factor ) if applied into the design calculations will automatically take care of derating of the components in a uniform manner.
Jacob, fundamental values like capacitance, inductance, resistance don't necessarily change when derating, but specifications such as voltage, current, power handling capacity, temperature. If a product that is designed at commercial rating of 70C is going to be used in a non ventilted enclosure in the Saraha, then the product should be designed with the worst case environmental conditions in mind, so 85C parts should be selected. At the subassembly level, a power supply module might be derated at 50% of its operating specification max level, so a 50W power supply requirement might be upgraded to 75W to assure long life reliability.
Jacob, can you explain what you are saying please? When you say "associated components in a circuit have to follow the same specifications and standards" can you tell me what same standards you are referring to?
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