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General electronics => Beginners => Topic started by: Mads Barnkob on March 07, 2017, 10:04:05 AM

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Books
http://www.ti.com/lsds/ti/amplifiers/opamps/precisionopampssupporttraining.page#pocketref (http://www.ti.com/lsds/ti/amplifiers/opamps/precisionopampssupporttraining.page#pocketref)  Texas Instrument, 50 years best practises, "Analog Engineerâ€™s Pocket Reference"
http://www.tubebooks.org/technical_books_online.htm (http://www.tubebooks.org/technical_books_online.htm)  Books from before 1964, scanned to PDF, 4.22 gigabytes and still (slowly) growing! Over 100 titles!
Guides and tutorials
https://highvoltageforum.net/index.php?topic=111.0 (https://highvoltageforum.net/index.php?topic=111.0)  Tektronix 30page guide to do CORRECT measurements on SMPS and Inverters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaELqAo4kkQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaELqAo4kkQ)  Dave Jones EEVblog #279  How NOT To Blow Up Your Oscilloscope!
Basic electronics websites
http://www.talkingelectronics.com/ (http://www.talkingelectronics.com/)  Everything in basic electronics and simple circuits
http://www.saturnpcb.com/pcb_toolkit/ (http://www.saturnpcb.com/pcb_toolkit/)  Comprehensive range of calculation tools relating to PCB design
SMPS and inverter specific technical papers
https://www.mouser.com/pdfdocs/Vishay_Zero_Voltage_Switching.pdf (https://www.mouser.com/pdfdocs/Vishay_Zero_Voltage_Switching.pdf)  Beware of Zero Voltage Switching, 7 pages on understanding ZVS/ZCS.
Project websites
http://kaizerpowerelectronics.dk/ (http://kaizerpowerelectronics.dk/)  Tesla coils, high voltage, pulse power, audio and general electronics
http://ludens.cl/Electron/Electron.html (http://ludens.cl/Electron/Electron.html)  General electronics
http://tesladownunder.com (http://tesladownunder.com)  Tesla coils, high voltage and general electronics
http://loneoceans.com/labs/ (http://loneoceans.com/labs/)  Tesla coils, high voltage and general electronics
http://www.electricstuff.co.uk (http://www.electricstuff.co.uk)  High voltage and tear downs of expensive equipment
Online electronic simulations/editors
http://www.falstad.com/circuit/ (http://www.falstad.com/circuit/)  JavaScript applet with 100's of circuits to simulate and test
Online calculators
http://kaizerpowerelectronics.dk/calculators/ (http://kaizerpowerelectronics.dk/calculators/)  Calculation of energy stored in a capacitor, Calculation of a single layer helical coil, f.ex. Tesla secondary coil, Calculation of IGBT gate drive requirements, Calculation of voltage/current for capacitors in series/parallel, especially made for Tesla coil MMC calculation, Calculation of a single layer spiral coil, f.ex. Tesla primary coil and Calculation of transistor base resistor
https://www.seventransistorlabs.com/Calc/ (https://www.seventransistorlabs.com/Calc/)Voltage Dividers, Thevenin Equivalent, Adjustable Resistor Range, Component of Desired Temperature Coefficient, LC Resonance: Solve for L, C, R, Freq, Q, XMEGA USART Baud, Power Supply Holdup Time, Coilcraft SPICE Model Converter and Thermistor Data and Functions
SingleLayer Helical Round Wire Coil Inductor Calculator (http://hamwaves.com/antennas/inductance.html), quite possibly the best damn solenoid inductance/impedance calculator around. Serge Stroobandt, ON4AA.
MultiLayer Coil Inductance Calculator (http://electronbunker.ca/InductanceCalcML.html) (possibly more accurate than conventional formulas, but still a long way from a capacitance and eddy currentaware calculator; which alas, might never exist for such configurations) Bob's Electron Bunker.
Radio Frequency and Microwave JavaScript Calculator Index (http://www.chemandy.com/calculators/calculatorindex.htm), covers many typical structures (microstrip, differential stripline, etc.), and other common electronic and RF calculations. (I suspect the numerical accuracy is better than most. Most calculators use the same old piecewise equations, which produces absurd results for parameters outside the approximation range, which is frequently omitted. These calculators solve the Elliptical and Bessel functions as needed!) Chemandy Electronics.
CGIWcalc (http://wcalc.sourceforge.net/cgiwcalc.html), an impedance calculator toolbox. Sourceforge.net.
Filter Design and Analysis (http://sim.okawadenshi.jp/en/Fkeisan.htm) (includes 3rd order SallenKey and MFB types) OKAWA Electric Design.
Double Tuned Filter, Capacitor Loaded & Capacitor Coupled (https://www.jrmagnetics.com/rf/doubtune/doubccl_c.php) Jackson Research.
Electronics Calculators (http://daycounter.com/Calculators/) Daycounter, Inc.
Interactive Digital Filter Design (http://wwwusers.cs.york.ac.uk/~fisher/mkfilter/) Tony Fisher (R.I.P.) at York University. Also, LC Filter Design (http://wwwusers.cs.york.ac.uk/~fisher/lcfilter/) (useful as a design resource, as you can play with values after calculation)
Input Filter Design for Switching Power Supplies (http://www.ti.com/lit/an/snva538/snva538.pdf) Texas Instruments (formerly National Semiconductor), SNVA538,
Resistor Value and Ratio Calculator (http://jansson.us/resistors.html) Jansson.us.
Resistor Network Finder (http://kirr.homeunix.org/electronics/resistornetworkfinder/) (even more powerful than Jansson's!) Kirill Kryukov.
Resistor Network Solver (http://kirr.homeunix.org/electronics/resistornetworksolver/) Kirill Kryukov.
Design of Switch Mode Power Supplies (http://schmidtwalterschaltnetzteile.de/smps_e/smps_e.html) Dr. Heinz SchmidtWalter, et al.
PCB Trace Width Calculator and Equations (http://www.smps.us/pcbcalculator.html) (includes the heatdissipating effect of ground planes in multilayer construction) Lazar Rozenblat, smps.us.
IEC 60950 Creepage and Clearance Calculator (http://www.creepage.com/) Lorusso Compliance Services, LLC.

Want to learn about electronics, not sure what to do next? If you want to make any kind of decent high voltage, you'll definitely want to learn how to build and use circuits that work first. Otherwise how will you ever learn what you're doing wrong?
Colin Mitchell's Talking Electronics is filled with nononsense practical explanations; a good start to learning without getting bogged in math from the beginning:
http://www.talkingelectronics.com/te_interactive_index.html
Of note is The Transistor Amplifier series which taught me how to use transistors effectively.
The website of the late Tony vanRoon is packed with excellent tutorials and circuits. It's now hosted by his son Mike.
http://www.tonyvanroon.com
Sam Goldwasser's Repair FAQ site has information collated all the way back from the days of Usenet. Contains lots of information about repairing electronic devices and appliances, plus lots of other fun things, including high voltage circuits. Most importantly, he has plenty of practical information about safety.
http://www.repairfaq.org
Manfred Mornhinweg runs Home Ludens, and he has plenty of interesting electronic projects documented. Most useful are the testing tools he creates and explains how they work, so you can understand what's going on. His detailed explanations on Control Loops is also the best I've found so far:
http://ludens.cl/Electron/Electron.html
Other fun sites I've found that have excellent information:
Peter Terran has built some amazing Tesla coils and has lots of information about designing, building and understanding them.
http://tesladownunder.com
Gao Guangyan has also built some exceptional Tesla coils and other projects as well. Lots of documentation, circuits and explanations about what's going on. The voltages coming out of the smaller coils is insane!
http://loneoceans.com/labs/
Mike Harrison has Mike's Electric Stuff. Plenty of HV fun to be had here, plus he's always pulling something big and expensive apart:
http://www.electricstuff.co.uk

Thanks for the addition. The website of Tony VanRoon seems incredible broken, so I left it out of the list.

I've written a few oddball ones myself:
https://www.seventransistorlabs.com/Calc/
Also links to other useful ones. For example, the hamwaves solenoid calculator is highly recommended: much better than the old Wheeler formula. :)
Tim

I've written a few oddball ones myself:
https://www.seventransistorlabs.com/Calc/
Also links to other useful ones. For example, the hamwaves solenoid calculator is highly recommended: much better than the old Wheeler formula. :)
Tim
Thanks for the links!
I am aware that my own helical coil calculator is not that precise, but in a hobby where heavy detuning that is impossible to simulate occurs, "Turn it up till it blows up, repair it and turn 25% down", "Everything within 3db is fine!" or "Everything below 10A is leakage current" then it will do :) A calculator like JavaTC also uses much better calculations for the secondary coil.

https://www.mouser.com/pdfdocs/Vishay_Zero_Voltage_Switching.pdf (https://www.mouser.com/pdfdocs/Vishay_Zero_Voltage_Switching.pdf)
I think this is a really nice description of ZVS, ZCS, and the pitfalls associated with switching of power FETs.

Updated main thread with "Guides and tutorials" and "SMPS and inverter specific technical papers"

http://www.saturnpcb.com/pcb_toolkit/ (http://www.saturnpcb.com/pcb_toolkit/) has a really comprehensive range of calculation tools relating to PCB design.