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# Transformer - Vsec or Current rating parameter

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I am looking at the datasheet of the 7508170315(link) transformer and something seems strange to me. If I connect this to a 12V supply and expose it to 10us pulse: 12V*10us/475uH = 252mA which is apparently less than the 350mAAC - is it actually? What 350mAAC mean in this case?

However, this is clearly violating the 11Vus spec(12V*10us=120Vus) which will certainly saturate the transformer core.

Which parameter should I look at here?

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If I connect this to a 12V supply and expose it to 10us pulse: 12V*10us/475uH = 252mA

 This current flows in the primary magnetization inductance (475 μH) after applying 12 volts for 10 μs. This causes core saturation based on the volt-second figure limit of 11 volt-μs.

$$\dfrac{V\cdot dt}{L} = dI$$

 I believe when the data sheet states the 475 μH figure, it relates to primary inductance despite them calling it $L_S$. If you have any doubts about this, then contact WURTH electronics for clarification. It does look like an error because primary inductance is the driven winding and it is solely responsible for core saturation.
 The 350 mA AC figure relates to load currents - this is unrelated to the magnetization current. Load current doesn't cause magnetization hence it can't create core saturation. This is because load current primary ampere-turns are cancelled entirely by load current secondary ampere-turns.  350 mA RMS is the primary load current limit and, given that the transformer steps down voltage by 2:1, the secondary load current limit is 700 mA RMS.

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In addition to what Andy said (+1), the 350 mA AC figure is probably limited by power dissipation, and therefore temperature. It applies during normal forward operation where the secondary current "unloads" the core as fast as the primary current tries to load it.

The 11 V⋅µs figure is about core saturation with the secondary unloaded. This would be a meaningful limit, for example, in a flyback design.

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