Back to that schematic, obtained many years after i asked about hacking ready-made commercially avilable appliances as my Salton IH cooking unit, then the "flameless" wax-knife NoFlame Plus (for dentists), actually. It only resurfaced as "SJK" once it was all practically forgotten, but IMHO it's no more a proper match for the DynaVap VC line of products which weren't originally designed for induction anyway...
There's a risk of power overload if the susceptor's mass exceeds what this product is intended to support. Abuse has been reported as blown relay contacts in the past! Not to mention such serious condition ain't being detected nor processed accordingly, e.g. by almost "pulling the plug" in that present case, so to speak. It turns out the SJK schematic clearly exposes just that: the means to "enslave" what seems to be a "Royer" power self-oscillator with one of its transistor gates literally shorted
to its drain pin also connected to a reference "ground".
At 1st sight i thought the TCA355 chip (unknown at the time) synchronized this system to A.C. mains 60 Hz but no, in reality this is a magnetic "proximity" sensor getting "muted" (via brute-force shunting to ground again...) by the "MCU" chip while "listening" through it - but never when IH-powering ideally, at least i presume!
My personal preferences call for framed-sequencing with "scan" cycles, made to work somewhat like a sonar, or radar: which is to output an energy pulse at 1st before quickly switching to "sampler" (input) mode, when the IH-driver's WorkCoil transforms into a "pick-up" coil - and a selective one since it's all built around what's called a series LC "resonator".
As for the THX288 chip it's hard to tell because even today it appears Google knows nothing of it, though from the looks alone i notice an absence
" input to allow the MCU's control loop to get "closed"; instead we have "dumb" mode (as in blind) brute-force, as all the controller knows is limited to insertion/release of a light ferro-magnetic tool and associated safety timing
, since it only works in short bursts (unlike my Salton IH cooker).
As a side-note the same bursting trick explains why the fan could be disconnected without apparent penalty by multiple users.
That makes sense but IMO the right thing to do is to strictly observe mass limitations or plain "hack" its circuit to double the power stage with a second pair of "MS1"/"MS2" MOSFETs. Go figure...
In any case this is still too basic in the power stage, while i'm after fully exploiting Curie alloys for core-temperature self-regulation as a way to precisely define stored energy level - and even contact-less approximative reading of lower temperatures inside that same susceptor mass. Briefly put such task makes me gamble on dual-band approaches combining 2 or 3 Curie alloys featured with DIFFERENT
maximal Curie points (reference-temperatures), etc.
The NoFlame/SJK might indeed properly "inject" energy in my LAVAWand Hybrid Core (also ready for burst mode), and IH too if converted to glass i guess... Most unfortunately this proves too primitive for the ambitious goals i may have got in mind, which is to "kick" my resonator in order to verify for the presence of a Workload reflecting as a change of its magnetic properties, much in the same fashion of a monk ringing the bells: send energy in it then shut up and wait for an echo to regenerate that fundamental frequency. Which is the context where i'm relying on old memories of the NTSC (analog TV) "Chroma Burst":
8 cycles @ 3.58 MHz is all it takes to "regenerate" a master clock, all of the rest of a "video line" remaining available for tasks other than synchronization capable of supporting quadrature demodulation on top of monochromatic content, etc. (...), which of course is one major item never seen in any "free-wheeling" Royer systems to begin with. Consequently i see little value left in the NoFlame/SJK besides a convenient desk casing waiting to be refurbished while these days i've been much more stimulated by flat magnetics driven ideas, to be honest.
Perhaps DV VC owners may still want to check with others but so far it felt like they're some ambivalent consumers group and they have incompatible requirements in comparison to mine after all. The lack of suitable protection(s) is a deterrent to me i must admit.
Good day, have fun!!