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  1. Guest

  2. N Cook

    N Cook Guest

    Are you sure its just the torroids/coils that are whining ?
    Copal varnish was the norm for laminated iron cores that rattled, it is less
    rigid than epoxy which may be relevant
  3. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    What exactly are you up to ?

    Whining may indicate poor design, inferior materials or sloppy construction

  4. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Or a fault. The image shows torroidal chokes, not transformers, and it's
    fairly rare for them to whine anyway, unless there is a problem. These items
    can actually run quite hot in normal use, so anything used to quiet them
    needs to take this into account. As Graham says, what exactly are you
    looking to do here ? I could suggest any number of cheapo switch mode power
    supplies that utilise these chokes, but you could buy a hundred, and not get
    one that needs attention for whining. Maplin sell the actual chokes - or at
    least they did when I last bought some - so it might be worth just buying
    some, and then seeing if you can persuade them to rattle by hitting them
    with some high level audio from a signal generator, or dare I suggest, from
    an amplifier, but with the caveat that you would need to be careful not to
    load the amp too hard with the unknown impedance that you would be
    presenting to it with one of these chokes. Once you've found a mechanical
    resonance frequency where you can get the windings whistling, you can
    experiment away. I would have thought that one of the liquid silicone rubber
    coatings may be more effective at quietning a torroidal choke.

  5. Guest

    people have aksed me

    what am i up to
    am I sure it's the coils
    are these "torroidal chokes" or transformers
    I have to take into account the heat these things produce..
    why not get ac dc adaptors ..

    Well.. I want a fanless computer, it's an ideal, but i'd like it. And
    I don't like things that make a high pitched whining noise either.
    Some years ago the only option was a VIA machine. Now, there are
    fanless components, but i'm not convinced how long a regular MBRD
    would last fanless. There are "voltage regulators" on the mbrd that
    need cooling, i'd need a heatsink for them. And i'm not sure how
    reliable the fanless power uspplies are.

    A VIA system is cheap. I built one years ago anyway. But there was
    one problem.

    The Fanless power supply card made a high pitched noise. Just like
    some TVs do. Just like some cheap ACDC adaptors do. That power supply
    card was made by a company called Morex. There was another competitor
    that made one but it had the same problem. I contacted Morex, and
    they said it was because the transformers were not made with ferrite.
    And to do so would be more expensive and they don't do it.

    I have no electronics background. But getting some liquid epoxy and
    filling up a bagel shaped transformer, or thing that looks like a
    transformer. That I understand! Epoxy I think conducts heat.

    The morex power supply card (I bought it from linitx), has gone
    walkies, and the newer versions are probably not the same. THey may
    whine, they may not whine. Most shops they can't hear the whine. If
    they could then they I doubt they'd be able to use it!!

    I did buy a cheap AC-DC adaptor and it whined, so I took the
    opportunity to try to silence it. That didn't work out.
    See the transformer second from the left second row from the back.
    That's what it had. So, I couldn't get liquid epoxy into it if I
    I tried unsoldering it but it wasn't coming out unless I snapped the

    So I resigned my hope to merely being able to silence bagel shaped
    transformers. Ones that I can get to.

    I remember my old morex power supply card had them.

    It'd be nice if I had some unviersal way to silence those. e.g. liquid
    epoxy. I need some cheap way of trying it.

    As mentioned, the ACDC adaptor thing didn't work out. It whined but
    was in a housing.

    I'm sure in the case of the morex power supply card , it was the
    transformer that was whining. I managed to bare the nightmare of
    putting my ear near it to find the culprit. The morex technicians
    thought it was the transformers too, and admitted they whine!

  6. ??? Use a piece of 1/8" or larger plastic or rubber tubing. Stick
    one end in your ear and use the other end to identify the noise source.
    Automotive vacuum or windshield washer tubing are cheap, easy to find,
    and is sold by the foot.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  7. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Some of those items in the picture are transformers, some are chokes. The
    one that you point out looks like a tranny, but that's by the by now that we
    know what you are doing, anyway. I think that the only way you are going to
    stop rigid ferrite cores from rattling at their drive frequency, is to
    muffle them with something soft, which may or may not affect the temperature
    that they run at, depending on whether that's hot in the first place.

    There are liquid - or at least semi-liquid - silicone rubber compounds
    available, with non corrosive properties, designed for 'soft potting' of
    electronic sub assemblies. I used to use one made by Dow Corning for
    encapsulating a counter board that had to work in very hostile and moist
    conditions. You could try surrounding any offending transformers with a
    little cardboard 'wall', and then filling this with the rubber compound. I
    don't think that much whine would escape that, but you might still be
    contending with vibrations transmitted directly into the PCB via the core
    touching the board, or even via the pins. Go have a look at

    where there are lots of them with pdf data sheets

  8. Guest

    ok.. i'll try some of those - what look like liquid compounds - at
    your link. And i'll try the liquid epoxy too.

    But where will I find a cheap product with bagel shaped whining
    transformers or chokes..

    I don't have an electronics background. Is it feasible for me to buy
    them separately, connect a battery to them and get them running so I
    can try.. ?

    Is there any place where I could get instruction on how or any book or
    website with an example ?

    I'd even consider paying an electrician geek in the UK, as long as
    it's not too many hours. If they've got the expertise. Though i'd like
    to know how to do it myself. If I could ask an electronics geek and
    as part of that, learn how to do it myself that'd be ideal..
  9. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Well, as I said, Maplin stores sell those toroidal chokes for constructors
    who want to put together their own chip-based switching power supplies. chokes&source=15&SD=Y

    If you have an old hifi or amplifier kicking about, you could connect one of
    these across the output, and hit it with some music - I guess that violin or
    piano might be good. But I would caution you to start with the volume right
    down, and only wind it up enough to get the choke singing with the music,
    because it will represent an unknown impedance. Any decent amp would protect
    itself against any damage that might ensue if the impedance happened to be
    very low, but obviously, I can't guarantee that,

    Another source for those chokes would be your local computer repair shop, or
    a TV repair shop if you have one around you. Either of those will have scrap
    switch mode power supplies coming out of their ears, which I'm sure they
    would be happy for you to relieve them of. You will find plenty of coils and
    chokes on those that you can remove to experiment with.

  10. Guest

    i'm more of a computer techie than electronics geek. I see from the
    picture at the link, the "choke" has 2 metal wires coming from it.

    Now, if I want to connect that to a piano or a violin.

    It sounds like I don't need to connect a battery to it. I thought I
    would have had to!

    Would I be touching both prongs against violin strings?

    I notice a piano has metal rods in it that vibrate. I guess the same
    thing applies.

    The chokes or transformers make their unbearable high pitched noise
    (so very high frequencies). I can't imagine that somehow connecting a
    piano or violin to it would get it at that high pitched unbearable
    noise which I recognise and want to silence. I'd have to trust in
    the assumption that if I can get the choke or transformer singing at
    all, and then silence it, then it's silenced at any frequency,
    including that unbearable one. Is that a fair assumption? Maybe an
    "amplifer" would let me choose frequencies including that unbearable
    one. Would it have rods to touch the prongs of the choke against?

    my other concern is that those rods on the piano look like they might
    be quite delicate. I wouldn't want to mess up the piano's sound. Or
    drop a choke in the piano! Similarly, I haven't seen people with
    violins plucking strings with their fingers, they sort of stroke the
    strings with a rod, so, those strings may be very delicate too. I'm
    wondering about the amplifier option. Is there a cheap amplifier that
    can reach the unbearable frequency, and does it have rods?!!

    (the unbearable frequency must be related to AC, so it's probably a
    frequency known to electronics geeks, you prob know it)

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