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toli:
Hello Guys,

I have two transformers I took out of an older Sansui amp. I've measured the output voltages with no problem using my DMM. Now I would like to see what the maximum current of each rail is. In the lab at the university we've used a variable transformer to feed the transformer we were testing. What else can I do to test the maximum current of the transformer?

Unfortunately I wasn't able to find info of the transformer online.

djsb:
One way would be to connect a high wattage (50W or more) 10 Ohm wirewound resistor (or several in series) load across the secondary and then measure the voltage across the resistor.

At the same time you could fix a temperature probe to the transformer and check that the temperature stays stable. If the transformer is being overloaded it will start to get hot very quickly.

David.

toli:
I dont have a 50W resistor, but I guess I can find a way to burn so much heat. Is there no other way to do so? I'm not to sure as to what temperatures are the SOA of such a transformer, and how well it will dissipate that heat (can't it just heat a part of the transformer and not all of it?). This transformer has 4 secondaries.

Simon:
I asked one of my college proffs this question and he told me to connect the primary to 10% it's rated voltage and then read the amperage on the secondary with a meter (a short circuit) I don't know how accurate this advice was though, the idea of temp sensing is a good one, at the end of the day it is about how hot it gets, as long as it stays under a safe temp that hopefully someone here can tell us I would think you can pull all the amps you want. It would be good to make a testing load for this purpose that can control the current draw. The other thing will be internal resistance of the transformer, if overloaded the output voltage will drop, but at that point your looking at seriously overloaded

Zero999:

--- Quote ---I asked one of my college proffs this question and he told me to connect the primary to 10% it's rated voltage and then read the amperage on the secondary with a meter (a short circuit)
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Are you sure he meant to short circuit the secondary?