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Old November 7th 04, 06:55 AM
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Default Help! Transformer induces hum to chassis!

I'm poor. So I rebuilt the core of a 16 lbs microwave oven transformer and
now it's very quiet -- outside the chassis. I mounted it in the 3u power
supply chassis, and the chassis resonates like crazy, at least 30 dB more
noise than the transformer alone. Rubber/springs/foam didn't help much. I
spent quite some time building a pneumatic vibration isolator with a pump
and everything. Imagine my surprise when it turned out most of the
vibration wasn't transmitted mechanically...the hum was being induced
electromagnetically into the chassis! I almost cried! Repositioning
didn't make much difference (more of the effect seems to come from the side
with the primary winding, but orienting that side away from the vertical
walls means having the core horizontal, which makes the hum worse; standing
the transformer on its narrowest side doesn't fit in the chassis). All my
testing was done with no load as the salt water resistor boiled too quickly
and I took it apart. Would it get better/worse/same when it's loaded? And
what can I do to deal with the issue, in terms of shielding or anything
else? I swear I'm going to go crazy trying to figure this out.