Need help: Heating element

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by motijaded, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. motijaded

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    Hey all, any help would be appreciated with the following problem I'm trying to solve:

    I have a power supply of about 500 Vrms at 1.1 Amps running through 5000+ ft. of copper wire and I need to know how I can convert enough of it to heat to reach at least 600°F. Also, the heating element must not take up more space than 1"x2" or so. Is tightly-coiled, very high gauge nichrome wire my best bet to meet such requirements?

    Thanks.
     
  2. beenthere

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    If the nichrome were or could be insulated, perhaps.

    Does the heater simply heat that volume, or is it expected to transfer heat to something larger?
     
  3. motijaded

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    It will need to heat something close to that volume up to that temperature. I'll probably have a cylinder that's an inch long and .75" in diameter that I'll wrap the wire around.
     
  4. beenthere

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    There might be an easier way to get there. My soldering iron, for instance, maintains a tip temperature at 600, 700, or 800 degrees depending on the rating of the tip. It uses 42 watts (low voltage) and the heater is considerably under 1" X 2".

    Are you committed to that 500 volt supply?
     
  5. motijaded

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    I am. Do you know how the tip of a soldering iron is able to get that hot? I'm not sure what it's composed of but it would be useful to know.
     
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  7. motijaded

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    Do you happen to know what the soldering iron's tip is made out of? Really I just need to find something small like that that will get hot with the 1.1 Amps.
     
  8. beenthere

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    The tips are usually copper with a harder metal coating. They are indirectly heated, though.
     
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