Power Supplies Dynaload

Dynaload Electronic Loads

DC Electronic Loads for Test and Measurement Applications.

The power industry is always under pressure to keep costs under control while offering reliable products through rigorous product testing, dynamic application simulation and quality assurance measures. Astrodyne TDI recognizes the importance of reliability and performance as we have supplied the industry with high power density Dynaload electronic loads for over 40 years.

To meet industry demands, Astrodyne TDI manufactures a wide variety of electronic loads that exhibit industry-leading reliability. Highly versatile, programmable and feature-rich, Astrodyne TDI high-voltage electronic loads offer a wide selection of voltage/current ranges (with up to 120 kilowatts in power) and can operate under multiple modes such as constant current (CC), constant voltage (CV), constant power (CW), constant resistance (CR) and pulse load.

Starting at 800 watts, TDI Power DC Dynaload eloads are available in single forced air-cooled mainframes (19"" 3U,5U,6U), multi-channel and paralleled units with master and slave control. For higher load capacity, TDI Power offers rack mounted loads that are uniquely water cooled with anti-condensation controls. A maximum of 10 mainframes, including a single master and 9 slaves can be chained together to create a total load capacity of 120kW. For higher power requirements, consult with TDI Power Dynaload expert for advice on a customized solution.

  • High Power Density - Parallel able to 120kW
  • High Reliability
  • Forced Air & Water-Cooled eLoad versions
  • Precision controlled plus (3) levels of range switching
  • High Accuracy and Resolution
  • Multi-channel, modularized structure
  • Five modes of operation: CC, CV, CP, CR and pulse frequency
  • GPIB (IEEE-488), RS232, and Ethernet (TCP and HTTP) Control (Consult product brochures for more detail)
  • Closed Box Calibration

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Power Supply Testing

For basic testing, the Dynaload is used to simulate many current levels in both constant current mode and constant resistance mode. The load regulation at various current levels is obtained by monitoring the change in output voltage. The Dynaload is also used to determine the current limit characteristics down to the point of short circuit current. The response characteristics of the power supply may be analyzed with the use of an oscilloscope when operating in pulse mode. Characteristics such as loop response, overshoot, undershoot, and load regulation may be determined from a single highspeed current pulse. When testing a battery charger, the constant voltage mode will verify the operation of the charger into a constant voltage load, thus simulating a battery.

Battery Testing

The Dynaload is used to test batteries by both analyzing life cycle and establishing the V/I characteristics. The high voltage electronic load is operated in the constant current mode which freezes one of the variables when calculating the battery's power level. Some batteries require exotic waveform testing in order to simulate real life uses. This is accomplished by using the Dynaload’s internal pulse generator. Many different waveforms can be created through the use of variable current levels, frequency, duty cycle, and slew rate. The load may be controlled through the analog remote programming input for situations where the required waveforms are extremely complex. This input, scaled 0 to 10 volts, is directly proportional to the selected full-scale current. The constant power mode is used to test batteries designed for UPS backup systems. This mode emulates the changing current demand as the battery voltage decays. These are the characteristics of both DC to DC converters and inverter input simulations.

Fuel Cell Testing

With its high speed response characteristics, the Dynaload may be used to determine the output impedance of the fuel cell. The two established methods include the current dump method and the sine wave method. The current dump method requires the load to transition from a peak current to zero current in less than 10 microseconds. Then the internal impedance is derived from the rate of voltage rise of the fuel cell. Care should be taken when performing this test, because of transient fly-back voltages created by the inductance of the load cables. The sine wave method requires a sine wave current and the measurement of the phase angle between the current and voltage waveforms. This is a little less dramatic than the current dump method and the results are the same. Similar to the testing of batteries, the Dynaload may be used for fuel cell life cycle testing.