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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?

    Thanks
     
  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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