Triac is over heating

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jcon777

Joined Aug 18, 2010
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Hi, I am using MOC3020 optodriver triac which driving a MAC223 as power triac on heat sink through a 180 ohm resistor.
I am drawing about 5A on 225V. Everything ok but the triac is getting very hot even it is on a heat sink! the mac223 triac is rated 25A, 600V.
what should I use to reduce the heat on the mac223 power triac?
 

kubeek

Joined Sep 20, 2005
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First, how hot is hot?
180 ohms gate resistance seems a bit low to me for 225V, That´s 1.25A flowing into the gate, right? The datasheet says you should aim for cca 100mA.
Even without the gate dissipation, you are dropping 6.5W at 5A on that triac.
 

#12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
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I don't think jcon is using the 225 volts to drive the gate. I believe jcon is simply having difficulty getting a feel for what 6.5 watts can do to a semiconductor.

The solution is in learning how to calculate a proper heat sink starting with theta JC = 1.2 C/W.

datasheet attached.
 

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mcgyvr

Joined Oct 15, 2009
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6.5W on that would be easy (with a nice big heatsink)...
Try pushing 10W through a TO-263-7 SMT mosfet in a 65 deg C ambient.. Not as fun.. Thats my task this week.
 
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