Portland State University. Department of Engineering and Applied Science
Jack C. Riley
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Science
1 online resource (49 p.)
Metals -- Anodic oxidation, Radio resistors, Tantalum, Electronic apparatus and appliances
The topic of this thesis is the design of an automatic preanodizer to be used to preadjust precision tantalum resistors by anodizing their surfaces. The purpose of the preanodizer is to generate a controllable voltage ramp to be applied to a set of tantalum resistors which are immersed in a suitable electrolyte. The slope and maximum value of the voltage ramp are set to produce the current required for proper anodization of the resistors. The rate of anodization determines the rate of change of the resistor value. This thesis covers the design of an electronic device to meet a set of requirements specified by the Western Electric Company. The primary tasks the device has to perform are the generation of a linear voltage ramp of adjustable slope and maximum voltage and the supply of a given maximum current. Metering circuits are provided to measure, store and display the current and the maximum value reached by the ramp voltage.
Grossenbacher, Armen C., "The design of an automatic electronic preanodizer" (1976). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4041.