Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
Subject: Re: Explosions in electronics.
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Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 11:09:50 +0100
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"Ian Stirling" wrote in message
> Uwe Zimmermann wrote:
> > most probably you either connected the capacitor with reversed
> > polarity or wrong voltage rating. Electrolytic capacitors
> > work as reverse biased diodes. If you connect them with reversed
> > polarity, current can pass through and (a) dissipate heat and (b)
> > start electrolysis of the electrolyte, releasing gas.
> > The same happens if you exceed the maximum voltage rating.
> I know I connected it backwards, as I found the epoxy red plug
> to the wrong terminal.
> I suppose it must just be electrolytic gas generation, I was just
> surprised that the case seems to have fragmented, rather than simply
> blown out the plug.
Ahmmm. Well, you obviously didn't play much with electronics stuff when
you were a kid.
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