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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by tempus fugit, Aug 30, 2003.

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  1. tempus fugit

    tempus fugit Guest

    Hey all;

    I have a bunch of xformers I've salvaged from old equipment and was going to
    throw them into a box in the basement. I heard (from a not too reliable
    source) that you are not supposed to store xformers together in close
    proximity because they will somehow become damaged. I can't see how this
    could possibly be, but thought I'd ask just in case.

    What are your thoughts?

  2. Bob Penoyer

    Bob Penoyer Guest

    This is just speculation. The laminations of a transformer are
    insulated from each other to minimize eddy currents and, hence, losses
    and inefficiency. By piling a bunch of transformers together in a box,
    the sides of the laminations can get banged up and scarred, thus
    causing them to be shorted together.

    It's best to treat them with some care. Putting them in a box is okay
    but try to keep them separated.
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