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Updated July 10, 2010

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Heating of electronics should be taken very seriously. Bad designs have started their fair share of fires. Remember there's people who'll have to clean up your mistakes. Do your best not to ruin their day!

New for November 2009! This is a page that has long been missing, a main page for tying together a lot of information on temperature measurements, heating analysis, etc.

Heat is the enemy of electronics, as evidenced by many of the pictures in the Microwave Mortuary. But heat is a love/hate relationship in microwaves, as you know microwaves are used for heating applications. There are microwave tubes that require heat to operate, and there are oscillators that have to be oven controlled to stabilize. Heat is an important part of microwave engineering! We'll plan to work on this topic through the end of 2009. We can use your help!

Here's a list of our heat topics:

Temperature coefficient of resistance

Temperature sensors




Current source transducers

Infrared transducers

Change-of-state devices

Thermodynamics, laws of

Thermal analysis

Steady-state heat analysis

Transient analysis


Heating with microwaves

Microwave toilet

Thermo-electric coolers

Microwave tubes


Thermal expansion

Low-expansion alloys

Thermal conductivity


High-temperature superconductors



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