MOSFET testing Issues

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alobaolalekann

Joined Jan 31, 2017
21
I'm currently encountering difficulties in testing my MOSFETs.

I am in the process of designing a snubber for an IRF840 operating at 20kHz.

Upon attempting to test (drive) the MOSFET, at <= 50% duty, in its basic state without any additional circuitry, I observed a 4V voltage drop from the 12V drain voltage and a current draw of approximately 150mA, resulting in significant heat generation.

This situation is perplexing to me because I did not anticipate any current to be drawn, especially not at such a high level.

I conducted the same test with another MOSFET from the same batch, and the results were consistent.

Could someone please assist me in comprehending this phenomenon?
 

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alobaolalekann

Joined Jan 31, 2017
21
You need to supply an accurate Schematic of your testing-setup,
including accurate labeling of all components.
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Thanks for your time.

I've included a quick sketch as an image below. I've also tried adding a 10k resistor between the gate and source but it still acts the same.

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BobTPH

Joined Jun 5, 2013
8,661
It acts same way even when the driver output is low (without being driven)
Aha! Not driven is not low! The gate is a capacitor and will maintain whatever charge is on it when it is not driven high or low. You need either a push-pull driver (recommended) or a resistor from gate to source (good at lower frequencies.)
 
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