power (W) sum of series & parallel circuit.

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myjae

Junior Member level 2 i will design series circuit with resist.
each of 10 resist consist of series circuit.

i know power sum of parallel circuit

but what is the allowable power of each of resist.
and i don't know mathmatic formula Last edited:

c_mitra In both series and parallel combinations, you can add the individual power dissipated by individual components to get the total.

myjae

Junior Member level 2 how to calculate mathmedical formula of power sum?

Akanimo You have calculated correctly the power dissipated by each resistor in each case.

However, in engineering you have to leave a safety margin when selecting components. Ideally, the higher the safety margin the better, but practically, there is a cost (and size) implication so you have to strike a balance between the two. After calculating the power dissipation (say P) like you did, different folks use different safety factors to obtain the minimum power rating for the resistor. There are factors like 1.25*P; 1.3333*P; 1.5*P and so on. Here, 1.25*P gives the least safety margin and 1.5*P gives the most. I go for 1.5*P.

KlausST

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Staff member Hi,

i will design series circuit with resist.

what is the allowable power of each of resist.
Every electronic part has a datasheet. It tells you the specifications and the testing parameters.

Klaus

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