College - Author 1

College of Science and Mathematics

Department - Author 1

Physics Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Physics



Primary Advisor

Pete Schwartz, College of Science and Mathematics, Physics Department


Insulated Solar Electric Cookers (ISEC) use a chain of about 18 BYV10X 600P diodes which is a new diode model from past ISEC devices. The past model is cylindrical in shape with the leads coming from the top and bottom. The new BYV10X model is square in shape with both leads on one of the edges. The diodes were tested under conditions modelling the inside of an ISEC device to determine performance bounds. The manufacturer stated these diodes are rated for a max average forward current of 10 amps. In two experiments the diodes reached up to 35 amps before breaking while in air without thermal grounding. The diodes heat output seems to be unaffected by increasing current once past about 15 amps. Without thermal “grounding”, the max temperature was measured at 400 ℃. With appropriate placement of a 150℃ 10A thermal switch diodes do not break under the conditions measured.