PTC Heater Chips Disks, Honeycomb Heater

PTC Heater Chips:

PTC thermistor heater chips surface temperature: 50-320C
Operating voltage 6 V -480V
Resistance @ 25C (R25) :1-5000Ω
In Disk round diameter: 5~25mm
In Rectangle form: Length: 5~40mm: Width: 3-20mm

PTC Thermistor Heater Chips in Disk Rectangle Arc Shape

PTC Thermistor Heater Stone

PTC Thermistor Heater Chips

PTC Heater Stone in arc form

PTC Heater Chips in Arc form

PTC Thermistor Heater Chips Disc Rectangle Structure

PTC Thermistor Heater Chips Disc Rectangle Structure

Honeycomb PTC heaters

Honeycomb heaters are small PTC discs that are pierced by many holes, the holes in each disc allow the airflow across the disc to be heated.

In wind blown state, Honeycomb heaters can produce constant temperature hot air, widely applied in warm air request condition. No glowing parts, versatile voltage rating, stable powerwatt.

Honeycomb PTC Heaters

Honeycomb PTC  Heaters

Consideration Factors in Designing PTC thermistors as Heater

In selecting a PTC thermistor heater, the following factors should be considered

  • Thermal Connections
  • Switch Temperature (Ts, also called Curie Temperature, Reference temperature)
  • Resistance at 25 °C (R 25)
  • Surface Area
  • Maximum Voltage (Vmax)

Ceramic PTC heaters are usually most efficient when they are flat and thin and have a smooth surface finish. For a PTC thermistor to operate as a heater, it must have a way to dissipate its heat to the medium, either by convection (air or liquid flow) or conduction. One common method is to use a spring contact as both the electrical and mechanical connection . One advantage of this clamping technique is that it allows stress-free thermal expansion. Other techniques involve using electrically conductive epoxies or solder joints to connect the PTC to the heat spreader.

The switch temperature is very important because, in most heater applications, the maximum PTC surface temperature is just a few degrees higher its switch temperature. Thus, the maximum temperature of the medium to be heated is directly related to the switch temperature Ts of the PTC.

The R25 of the PTC heater should not be so low that it causes inrush current problems, but not so high that there is not enough power available to heat the PTC to its switched condition. The PTC cold resistance will, however, influence the heat-up rate of the medium since a lower resistance allows for higher initial I2R heating.

The surface area of the PTC heater influences the heat-up and cool-down rates of the medium as well as the power dissipated. Multiple PTCs are often used in heater design to obtain the desired results. As with any PTC thermistor application, the heater design should not exceed the maximum recommended voltage ratings.

Selection Criteria for PTC Heating Thermistors

Operating voltage 
This is usually between 12 and 480 V.

Surface temperature Tsurf
Surface temperature Tsurf varies from 40 to 300 °C.
The higher the surface temperature selected, the greater the power that can be dissipated. A high surface temperature leads to considerable thermal stress on the entire design if thermal dissipation is poor.

PTC thermistor are available in circular and rectangular designs. The surface area of the PTC thermistor depends on the heat output required. Its thickness depends on the operating voltage used in the application.

A thickness of 1.4 mm is recommended for 12 V applications, 2.0 to 3.2 mm for 230 V applications. The thicker the thermistors, the lower the field strength at the components and thus the more reliable the application, e.g. in handling voltage peaks in the line.

As the resistance of PTC thermistor varies with voltage, the resistance Rmin at the rated voltage is given. This defines the maximum current flowing as the
thermistor heats up: Iin = V / Rmin. Iin determines the heating characteristics of the PTC thermistor . Rmin varies from 1 Ω to several kΩ, depending on design.

If the heating output of one heating PTC thermistor is not sufficient for a certain application, several PTCs can be mounted together, i.e. if the thermistors are electrically connected in parallel. In this way output power up to 2 kW may be achieved in a compact design.

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