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Here's a fascinating tidbit to tickle your curiosity: Did you ever imagine that popcorn could have a surprising link to the world of commercial aviation? Popcorn, that beloved crispy snack we enjoy at the movies, owes its aerodynamic qualities to the same principles that make airplanes take flight!

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In the early years of commercial aviation, airplanes were equipped with piston engines. During flights, these engines produced intense heat. In the 1940s, an aerospace engineer named Dr. Percy Spencer was working for Raytheon, a company specialized in electronics and microwave technology.


One day in 1945, while Dr. Spencer was working on a magnetron, a device used to generate microwaves, he noticed something astonishing. He had a bag of popcorn in his pocket, and he realized that the popcorn had started popping. Intrigued, he began to experiment by placing other foods near the magnetron and found that the microwaves heated and popped corn kernels.


This discovery led to the development of the first commercial microwave oven, the Radarange, which was introduced in 1947. One of the early markets for this new appliance was the commercial aviation industry. Modern airplanes were equipped with microwave-based heating systems, and popcorn became a popular snack on board.


The story goes that one of the first commercial flights to offer popcorn to passengers was a flight by the American airline Pan American World Airways, which served freshly popped popcorn bags to passengers during the flight. This quickly contributed to the association between commercial aviation and popcorn as a beloved onboard snack.


Therefore, thanks to Dr. Percy Spencer's accidental discovery and the growing popularity of commercial aviation, popcorn became a staple in-flight snack. Today, it is common to find popcorn bags in in-flight meal trays or onboard shops, reminding us of this fascinating anecdote.


Exxelia has a long heritage in the supply of passive components for aviation equipping the latest and most advanced aircrafts in the world. Exxelia wide product portfolio of MIL film and tantalum capacitors, MLCC, electrolytic flat packs, choke inductors, filters and transformers… answers the needs of high reliability, robustness, lightweight, high temperature or 400Hz network.


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Dans les premières années de l'aviation commerciale, les avions étaient équipés de moteurs à pistons. Pendant les vols, ces moteurs produisaient une chaleur intense. Dans les années 1940, un ingénieur aéronautique du nom de Dr. Percy Spencer travaillait pour la société Raytheon, spécialisée dans les technologies de l'électronique et des micro-ondes.


Un jour de 1945, alors que Dr. Spencer travaillait sur un magnétron, un appareil utilisé pour générer des micro-ondes, il a remarqué quelque chose d'étonnant. Alors qu'il avait un sac de popcorn dans sa poche, il s'est rendu compte que le popcorn avait commencé à éclater. Intrigué, il a commencé à expérimenter en plaçant d'autres aliments près du magnétron et a constaté que les micro-ondes faisaient chauffer et éclater les grains de maïs.


Cette découverte a conduit au développement du premier four à micro-ondes commercial, le Radarange, qui a été lancé en 1947. L'un des premiers marchés pour ce nouvel appareil était l'industrie de l'aviation commerciale. En effet, les avions modernes étaient équipés de systèmes de chauffage basés sur les micro-ondes, et le pop-corn était devenu un encas populaire à bord.


L'histoire raconte que l'un des premiers vols commerciaux à proposer du pop-corn aux passagers était un vol de la compagnie aérienne américaine Pan American World Airways, qui servait des sachets de popcorn fraîchement éclaté aux passagers pendant le vol. Cela a rapidement contribué à l'association entre l'aviation commerciale et le pop-corn, en tant que collation appréciée à bord des avions.


Ainsi, grâce à la découverte accidentelle de Dr. Percy Spencer et à la popularité croissante de l'aviation commerciale, le pop-corn est devenu un incontournable des collations en vol. Aujourd'hui, il est courant de trouver des sachets de pop-corn dans les plateaux-repas ou les boutiques à bord des avions, rappelant cette anecdote fascinante.


Fournisseur reconnu de composants passifs pour le marché aéronautique, Exxelia est implanté dans les avions commerciaux et les business jets les plus récents grâce à sa large gamme de condensateurs (film MIL, tantale, MLCC, aluminium électrolytique), inductances, filtres et transformateurs… Exxelia sait répondre aux exigences de haute fiabilité, robustesse, légèreté, haute température ou réseau 400Hz.



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Published on 01 Jan 2018 by Stephane PERES

Exxelia expands its High-Performance Dielectric Resonators and Ferrites capabilities for Microwave Applications

New capabilities include the use of its latest E7000 material, which provides narrow bandwidths, temperature stability and high Q-factor together with advanced manufacturing skills such as the capability to deliver extremely small size, and complex ferrite designs.   Exxelia's E7000 series is a Ba-Mg-Ta based material that combines an ultra-high Q-factor and the possibility to get different temperature coefficients upon request. E7000 features the highest performance requested for space use in the frequency range from 5 to 32 GHz, and guarantees a Qxf up to > 250 000 at 10GHZ. In addition, Exxelia is now able to support the most advanced RF designs with the delivery of complex geometries such as Y-shape ferrites for microwave switches or Toroidal designs for phase shifters applications. Those miniaturized and complex products may be as small as few mm only and benefit from exceptional quality, superior performance and low loss (ΔH) materials. Exxelia is a unique manufacturer producing its own raw materials for Ferrites and Dielectrics with proprietary formulations for use in the most demanding environments.   Nicolas Dabadie, Microwave Materials business development manager at Exxelia said: "We are pleased to support our customers’ more and more complex designs and demanding applications. Our unique capability to master the manufacturing from raw materials to high-end finished products opens the way to new solutions for microwave applications going from few MHz to 40GHz".     E7000 SERIES TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS : Dielectric constant : 24 Q x f Factor (GHz) : 250000 Frequency : Min : 5900 MHz / Max : 37150 MHz Custom shapes available : disk, cylinder, square etc… Typical Q factor: 25000 at 10 GHz   More information: https://exxelia.com/en/product/detail/636/e7000   Ferrite materials are used in microwave devices such as isolators, circulators, diplexers, filters and phase shifters. They have dielectric and magnetic properties due to the presence of magnetic ions such as iron within the composition. Exxelia also offers a wide range of dielectric resonators series, including coaxial resonators in different sizes. Please contact us for additional details !

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Products are optimized to meet the most demanding applications requirement thanks to a strong design expertise, EXXELIA masters High-Grade technologies: Chameleon Concept Magnetics (CCM), standard linear and toroidal, toroidal transfer molded technology (TT), SESI planar / Low-profile and aluminum foil winding.   > See our Wound Magnetics Technologies in catalog   DESIGN CAPABILITIES Exxelia designs magnetics for most applications: Switch-mode power supply including new and unusual architectures 360-800Hz Power supply (single and multipulse) 50 Hz power supply Current and Voltage measurement Lighting - Ignition Pulse transformer (gate drive, data) Micro inductor Audio-frequency Electromagnets etc.   Exxelia designs magnetics up to: 200kV dielectric strength 20kV operating voltage … 240°C operating temperature According to the main aerospace standards ESA ESCC 3201 MIL-STD-981 MIL-PRF-27 D0-160 etc   SWITCHED MODE POWE SUPPLY Cross regulation in multi output Flyback converters Exxelia has been working on this subject in order to understand the phenomenon, identify the cause(s) and find solutions to avoid the use of linear regulators consuming energy The identification of a relevant magnetostatic model of the transformer and its electronic environment are necessary for analysis of the phenomenon into circuit simulation software like PSIM or PSPICE. 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The calculation of this temperature requires the knowledge of the heating sources (core and copper losses) and the component thermal behavior. Exxelia uses a calculation method to do the best use of core losses data and improve them by developing partnership with core manufacturer  The copper losses due to Eddy current are taken into account by Exxelia through the identification of the overriding causes and the use of the most relevant analytical approaches to evaluate them. The calculation of the operating temperature from the losses requires to determine the thermal resistance, which varies according to the ambient temperature, the power dissipated and the exchange conditions with the environment. Exxelia performs measurement campaigns to determine the thermal resistances and their variation for its qualified technologies and for most of the standard ferrite shapes. In particular, the influence of natural convection is taken into account to address products for Space. 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