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THE TRANSFORMER(ili)
THE TRANSDUCTOR
This chapter is devoted to the various types of transformer and
!eactor. which have been developed for special Mention
is made of instrument autotransformers, both of fixed
and variable ratio, saturable reactors or transductors and m'agnetic
amplifiers. Since the treatment is mostly of a the
is taken to miscellaneous of a,c.
theory for revision and further instruction. It will be appreciated that,
in this volume, attention is often given to matte.= which are deemed
by the author to be essential. Here he may'be at variahce with the
examining authority in that no relevant,questions are asked in the
examinations for marine engineers. It must, however, be conceded
that, if the reader haS a desire to increase his electrical engineering
knowledge 'then, he must be'introduced to items of equipment which
will be encountered to an ever increasing extent as the size and
complexity of the shipboard electrical system develops.
INSTRUMENT TRANSFORMEItS
This heading covers current transformers and voltage transformers:
the latter are sometimes called potential transformers. Instrument '
transformers are used in conjunction with indicating or recording
instruments, protective equipment, alarms and control gear. Their.
. usage gives the following advantages.
1. The indicating and protective instrument movements can be
standardised e.g. 5 A for the current coils and 110 V for the voltage
coils. The arrangement allows a cheap, workable system of instru·
mentation which is flexible and yet uses meters which are produced
on a bulk basis and are c0mparatively inexpensiv'l.
2. The indicating and protection equipment can bl,.. isoJatea from th::;
high or medIum voltage side ofa system. The main insulation between
the primary and systems can be ht'ilt into the instrument
transformers and the meter system can utilise this to advantage. Thb.s
instruments, relays, alarm units, etc, can be small, with the minimum
of insulation and at a potential to earth which is considered to be safe.
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3. The connections from the transformer secondaries can be made
'"light". This allows cheaper and neater wiring and c0ntrol boards can
be located conveniently and distance from the heavy power
equipment such as the generators, switchboards, transformers and
motors.
In relation to instrument transformers some new te'rms will be
introduced such as burden, class, terminal markings, phaseangle and
accuracy. These terms will be understood when explained in context
but, since the secondaries feed into systems which are isolated from
the main system, it is obvious that the total load of these systems
must be known and that the transformers must be of a size capable
of operating the systems efficiently, accurately and effectively. The
ratio of the transformer is the prime requirement but its rating must
be .suited to the load or burden which it is to carry. It can be
",entioned that the term "burden" is special to instrument transformers.
SPECIAL
FUSES
C.T.
I
I i
V
Fig. 85
THE CURRENT TRANSFORMER (C.T.)
LOAD
3000/SA
The main requirements for a C.T. are ratio accuracy, small angular
variation from the 180
0
phase displacement between primary and
secondary currents,sufficient rating to operate the connected burden,
high insulation strength, mechanical rigidity and ability to withstand
heavy momentary currents.
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It will be seen from the diagram of Fig. 85 that the primary forms
part of the main series circuit. In this respect, the C.T. is dissimilar to
all other transformers where the primary is connected acroSS the sys .
tern and is subjected to the supply voltage.
PRIMARV OF
HEAVY GAUGE
CONDUCTOR
(INSULATED)
AND WOUND
ON
. INSULATING
LAMINATED
IRON CORE
®
Fig.86a
Fig.86b
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Because of the method of connection,. the primary must consist
of a conductor section which is decided by the magnitude of the'
main line current and not by the secondary line curlent. The ampere
turns, necessary for the magnetic circuit are similarly decided by this
current, and we have transformer constructions of the types shown
in diagrams (a) and (b) of Fig. 86. The former uses a few turns of
thick conductor and is known as a "wound primary", whereas the
latter uses the main cable or busbar as the primary which, in itself,
constitutes a single tum. This arrangement is known as a "bar primary"
. The transformers are available in variations of these two basic forms
of construction and are usually built by instrument makers or
specialists rather thim by power transformer manufacturers.
THEORY OF OPERATION. From knowledge offundamental transfor,
mer theory it known that 12N2 = liN. and it) practice 12N2 is
approximately equal to 11 Ni . Reference to the phasor diagram (Fig.
87), shows that this approximation is acceptable if1
0
, is small. In the
design of current transformers every attempt is made to minimise 10
by reducing its components 1m and Iw'
Awe, • ... "
Fig. 87
The iron used for current transformers is chosen for its excellent
magnetic characteristics. Thus Mumetal may used instead of
Stalloy since, at low fluxdensity values, its permeability value may
be seven times that of Stalloy. Modern technology has produced grain
oriented filicon irons such as Unidi and Stantranis which have even
more superior characteristics, and if tl,tin laminations are used with
good insulation between the laminations, the iron losses can be kept
to a minimum since the flux density is always low for associated
reasons. These requirements will thus make for a small Iw value,
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178 REED'S ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
For any magnetic circuit Magnetomotive Force ::i:: Flux x Reluctance
..
or ImN (the energismg amperetuins) =
wi
A ::i::
BAI
A or
.'
Bl Bl
ImN = .and 1m ==
thus 1m is decided by the factors shown and for a C.T. the working
flux density is kept at 1 to 1'5 X 104 T as compared to the nonnal
figure of 14 x104 T for a: power transformer. The length of the iron
circuit is made as. short as possible and, as mentioI1fd above, iron with
a high permeability is used. N should be as large as possible, but this
is not possible Since frequently a singletum or "bar:primary"
must be wed. ' .
Other 'Of construction are the result of the followitlg
requirements. Since the iron circuit must have low reluctance, for 'the
better cJass C.Ts., the have the minimum of joints Or can
be conplete rings. The windings are put onby hand and leakage
reactance is reduced b;y: superimposing or sandwiching the windings.
PRECAUTIONS. Since the secondary low voltage system is isolated
from the "mains", it is possible to work on this circuit provided
appropriate precautions are taken. One rule must, however, always
be observed. Never open the secondary circuit of a C.T. whilst the
primary is energised. The reason forthe rule will become obvious if
reference is made to the phasor
correct functioning 12N2 = ItNt' or the. primary ampere
turns are nullified by the secondary the main flux
being produced by J.mN
1
, whose value, by design, is kept to an
acceptable figure for the re8'llOns already mentioned. Thuslm.may
be in the region of500 mA for a C.T. of ratio 500/5. Assume the
secondary to develop it terminal voltage of 3 V under correct loading
conditions. If the secondary circuit was to be opened and the
demagnetising turns removed, the primary, magnetising current would
'500
now become 500 A or = 1000 times greater than the
normal value. The primary magnetising ampereturns would rise in
proportion and, as the magnetic material of tlie core \8 operated at
a very low value of flux density, it is capable of being raised
appreciably. The material is' chosen for its magnetic characteristic
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i.e. a steep graph and bjgh saturation value. It is thus possible for the
flux density of the transformer to rise in proportion with the new
amperetum value and the secondary voltage would rise to some
3000 V for the example. being considered.
It is now evident that a transformer designed to operate with 3 V
across'its output terminals may well breakdown due to insulation
failure. Again if one terminal is earthed then other parts of the second
ary system, being subjected to an exceedingly high voltage. may be
damaged. The danger to an operator working on this circuit would be
considerable  hence the rule regarding open,circuiting the secondary
ofaC.T.
Unlike the normal transformer, no danger is introduced if the sec
ondary is shortcircuited since the maximum current which can flow
is 5 A or less, the actual value being decided by the relation
Secondary A( = Primary At. Under emergency conditions it is poss
ible to take an instrument out of circuit by first shorting the terminals
to which the meter is connected. Thus by ensuring that secondary
current is still flowing, the instiument can be disconnected, leaving
the shorting link in position. Similarly when inserting the currentcoil
of a meter into circuit, connect it across the shorting link and then
open the latter. 1\
It should be apparent from the above that working on the second··
ary side of a C.T. can be hazardous and should not be undertaken un·
less one is quite confident of the operation. Marine engineers may
have seen specialists undertake this operation during "setting up?' or
testing procedure and may be tempted to make similar checks.
Proceed with caution.
It is appropriate, at this point, t9 note that a special currentcircuit
switch, such as an ammeter switch, is frequently provided on a switch·
board .. This would be used to enable the current to be noted in the
three lines of a threephase supply. The meter is used with three C.Ts.,
one in each line, and the switch is special, in that it shorts out a line
C.T. and then disconnects the instrument. It next connects the
ammeter acrosS the shorting link of the next line and then breaks the
latter connection. It thus carries out the operation described above
in correct sequence.
BURDEN AND CLASS. The burden of a current transformer is the
output VA value at the rated secondary current. Thus for a 15 VA
burden at 5 A, the terminal voltage would be 3 V and the impedance
of the instrument ,or relay circuit must not exceed 0'6 n, otherwise
errors would be ititroduced into the readings and operation. The
I. appropriate B.S. specification No. 3938 covers current transformers
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and sets out the various sizes of burden together with additional use
ful information.
B.S.S. 3938 also sets out the various classes of currenttransformers.
Those to be used for precision and industrial instruments are listed,
together with the permissible errots for each class. A study of this
specification is advised if more detailed information about instrument
transformers is required.
TERMINAL MARKINGS. For simple current metering conditions the
of terminals is not important but for the measurement of
power, power factor and, especially for threephase instruments, the
correct sequence of connecting up is essential. To ensure that con·
nections·are made in accordance with the requirements of the instru
mentS, the primary terminals of the transformer are marked PI and
P2 whilst the secondary terminals are marked 8
1
and S2 • The con
nections would then be such that at the instant when current is flow
ing in the primary from PI to P
2
,it is also flowing in the secondary
from 8
1
through the external circuit to S2 • A colour (red spot) is
sometimes used to mark PI and 81 • For switchboard work the 82
side of the secondary is often connected to earth.
PHASE ANGLE. The phasor diagram shows the secondary current
phasor to be almost antiphase i.e. almost at 180
0
to the primary cur
rent phasor. If the angle was 180
0
, no phaseangle error would result.
Components 1m and Iw cause the angle to be less than 180
0
and
methods of minimlsing these have been considered. The angle between
1'1 or 12 reversed and II is the phase angle. The angle is +ve if, when
reversed, secondary current leads the primary current. On a low
powerfactor Circuit, this angle could be ve.
For current measurement, 12 should be a defmite known fraction
ofII and phaseangle error is not important. For power measurements,
. current ratio must be accurate and secondary current should be 180
0
out of phase with the primary current. As this condition does not
exist, the phaseangle error may introduce an appreciable error into
power measurements if appropriate precautions are not taken by the
instrument and transformer makers.
Example 51. For the bar·primary type of current transformer, shown
in Fig. 85, estimate the secondary turns and the burden if the im
pedances of the ammeter, wattmeter and powerfactor indicator
currentcoils are 0'15. 0·3 and 0'3 ohms respectively.
;. . 3000 600.
Smce the ratio of the transformer 18 5 or 1' It follows
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that if the primary Ats are to equal the secondary Ats then 1 x 3000
== N2 x 5 or N2 =600 turns (in inverse proportion to the current
ratio).
The 600 turns would be of insulated wire of section sufficient to
carry 5 A.
With 5 A flowing, the voltage drop across the ammeter would be
5 x 0'15 = 075 V. The meter burden would be 5 x 0'75 = 3·75 VA.
Similarly the wattmeter and P.F.I. burdens would be 5 x0·3 x 5
= 7'5 VA. The total burden would be 3'75 + 7'5 + 7'5 = 18'75 VA
and a C.T. of rating equal or greater than this would be required.
Thus a 30 VA unit would be suitable. Note that this is a case where
instrument burdens have been added arithmetically, since they are
due mainly to a resistance load, and any error introduced by the
assumption is small.
If a suitably rated unit was not available from the standard range,
it would be necessary to use two C.Ts. and two independent instru
ment circuits. Thus the ammeter could be energised from the first
C.T. togethe.. with another instrument like an overcurrent relay, and .
the second C.T. could be used for the wattmeter and powerfactor
indicator. It is usual however, to keep instrument and protectivegear
circuits separate rather than mixed. . .
THE VOLTAGE TRANSFORMER <V.T. or P.T.)
The theory. of this· transformer follows that of the power trans
former, the main difference being that the secondary current, when
referred to the primary, could be of the same. order of magnitude as
noload current. The phasor diagwn .of Fig. 88 shows that if V
2
is required to be a defmite fraction of: VI then the impedance volta,
drop triangles must be as small as possible. From theory is to V I
U the turns ratio, and the desired approximation of V
2
to VI can Qe
achleved if the voltage drops, as mentioned, are reduced.
The following precautions are usually taken in the building and
\lie of potential.transformers:
1. The copper on the windings is made of much larger section than
would be \!sed for a cornmercW1y built power transformer. Thus the
tums are the same but the area of the wire is much greater. This
means a much reduced ohmic value for RI and R'l, .
2. By careful distribution of the windings, leakage reactances Xl and
X
t
would be much reduced. This precaution results in a further
reduction of the voltage drops.
3. An ample. good quality iron core is used with careful construction
Iftd suitable insulation between the laminations. The noload current
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components ~ and Iw are thus reduced and 10 would be much
smaller than that for a power transformer of equivalent rating.
4. Sensitive instruments should be used since these require a smaller
operating current and, if 12 is small then, the internal voltage drops
ale leaveN. '
V,
v;
I,
rv ....
Fig. is
The point to note regarding the use of voltage transformers is that,
unlike the C.T., the primaries are connected across the "mains" and a
shortcircuit on the secondary would be a short referred to the primary.
Shortcircuit protection is therefore necessary and high,rupturing
capacity fuses are fitted in the primary circuit. Since this is a high
voltage supply, the fuses must be suitably insulated and a special tool
is usually provided to allow their renewal without requiring the
"mains" to be switched off. The midpoint of the secondary circuit
can be earthed so that the maxiinum voltage to earth on this system
is 55 V. Since the instruments are all in ,parallel and not in series, as
for the C.T., the disconnection or reconnection of a suspect meter
presents no difficulty. There is no danger of a high induced voltage,
as for the C.T., and shortcircuiting of terminals must not be under
taken. '
BURDEN AND CLASS. B.S.S'. No. 3941 specifies a secondary voltage
of 110 V when the rated primary voltage is applied. A range of
primary voltages from 110 V to 220 kV and more (line to line) is
specified together with the classes and permissible errors. The standard
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rated burdens, from 15 to some 200 VA, are also listed together with
the type of duty for each class. These are usually similar tei those
mentioned for the current transformers. ' .
TERMINAL MARKINGS. Singlephase. Primary terminals are marked
A and B or N. Secondary terminals are marked a and b or n and
the polarity is such that, when A is positive with respect to B then
a is + ve with respect to b .
Three Phase. StaIJdard P.Ts. are starconnected. on the primary
and secondary sides. The neutrals may be brol,1ghtout, especially for
the secondary, and other arrangements may be used for special require
ments. The primary terminals are marked A, Band C while the sec
ondaries are a, b, and c. The primary neutral (if provided) is Nand
the secondl!l'y neutral is marked as n. The transformer polarity is
such that when A is +ve with respect to N, a is +ve with respect to n.
PHASE ANGLE. Ukethe currenttransformer, a voltage transformer
can introduce ali error into the metering. Such an error can be both
of magnitude and phase ill terms of the voltage. Ratio and phase
angle errors depend on the relative sizes of the impedance voltage
d.rops, and mention has been made as to how these can be kept to a
minimum. Note that phaseangle error is only important when the
measuring of power is required. .
Example 52. If the voltage transformer shown in Fig. 85 is rated at
15 VA, estimate whether a frequency meter can be added to the
installation. The manufacturer's catalogue lists the burden of this
meter at 110 V, to be 2 VA and that of the voltmeter is 4 VA. The
voltage windings of the wattmeter and power factor indicator are
rated at 3'5 VA and 4·5 V A respectively at 11 0 V.
Total burden of existing instrument voltage windings
= 4 + 3'5 + 4'5 12 VA
The transformer is suitable for a burden of 15 VA, fhus an additional
15 12 = 3 V A can be added. It win be possible to add the fre
quency meter in the manner shown.
THE AUTOTRANSFORMER
FIXED RATIO TYPE
The autotransformer is a unit employing only one winding which .
is tapped to provide the appropriate voltage. From the theory of
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operation set out below. it will be seen that tkere is no electrical dif·
ference between the action of a normal double.;.wound trimsformer
and that of the auto·transformer, and the related ratio of V and I to
the number of turns on the winding still holds good. Because there is
only one winding, it is cheaper than a doublewound unit of the same ..
k VA rating. Also, as it contains less copper, the copper loss is lower
and the efficiency is higher.
The autotransformer is used to advantage for certain applications,
the chief of these being where the output voltage is nO.t greatly dis
similar from th& input voltage. In this form it.is operated as a voltage
booster and is connected into a transmission line at a point where
the load terminal voltage would be below an acceptable value. In this
position, its function would be to raise the voltage to the required
value. For marine work, its main application is in relation to motor
starters. Some forms of starters for induction motors operate on the
principle of lowering the voltage to a motor, in order to limit the
startingcurrent surge taken from the ship's mains. As the motor runs
up to speed, the voltage is increased by tappings on the transformer,
until the full supply is attained when it is switcp,ed out of circuit.
Since the transformer is used for only a brief period, it is apparent
that, the unit should be as cheap as possible and the auto construction
satisfies this requirement ..
The auto·transformer has an obvious disadvantage in that, the sec
ondary is not isolated from the primary and the benefits of a two
voltage system are not realised. This would apply to a marine installa
tion where the main power system was of the order of 440 V and the
smaU·power system at 110 V. An earth fault on one line of either
system, would immediately be felt on the other. Of greater import
ance is the fact that if a break occurred on the common section of
the winding, the high voltage would become evident on the low voltage
system. This will be if the diagram of Fig. 89b is studied and an
oPen circuit imagined .at the point X.
'11
,v '__ ". 12
N,
o 0
Fig.89a
I,
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Fig.89b
,
q
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THEORY OF OPERATION. Consider the diagrams (a) and (b) of Fig.
89. It will be seen that for a normal transformer, if one primary and
secondary terminal is joined using a pair which are always of the
same polarity as each other, then it is possible to fmd a point on the
primary winding which has the same potential as the remaining sec
ondary terminal. These points could be connected and the secondary
winding dispensed with. Advantage can now be taken of the fact that
I'). and 11 are practically in phase opposition. If the secondary is
formed at two tappings on the primary, then current in this section is
I'J,  II and the area of the winding conductor can be reduced, there
by effecting a further saving in cost. The extent of the saving in
copper can be investigatt'd thus:
SAVING OF COPPER. For both the doublewound and auto
transformer it is known that
VI Nl
=
V'l Nz
!1.. = k
= II
It can·therefore be deduced that
For the doublewound transformer
Weight of copper in Primary (X IINI
Weight of copper in Secondary (X I'lN2
Total weight of copper (X (IINI + I
1
N 2 )
For the autotransformer
The top section of (Nl  N
z
) turns carries 11 so weight of copper
(X II (N
1
 N
z
)
Bottom section of N
z
turns carries (/2  Ii) so ..eight of copptr
a: N1.(I'l _. Id
or total weight of copper (X lINt  I
I
N z + 11N1. IINz
ex II (N
I
 2N
1
) +I").N").
Th
Wt. of Cu. in auto·transformer J1 (Nt 2Nz) +12 Nz
us =
Wi. of Cu. in doublewound transfr. hNl +12 N2
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Dividing top and bottom by liN,
2N2 ) + 12 NI _ 2 + 12
N, II "N'J. 11
::
=
NI 12 Nl 12
 + +
N2 II N2 II
k  2 + k 2k  2 k  1 1
=
:=
k + k 2ft k k
0
(a) If the primary to secondary voltage is 10: 9 then k = 19
9
and the ratio is =
10 10 IO
9
Therefore Wt. of Cu. in auto: Wt. of Cu. in doublewound unit = 1: 10
. 1
or Wt of Cu. in auto 10. of that ri,lquired for a normal
IO
(b) If the primary to secondary voltage is 10: 1 then k
9
and the ratio is =
10 10
Therefore Wt. of Cu. in auto: Wt. of Co. in doublewound unit = 9: 10
9
or Wt. of Cu. in auto is to of that required fora normal transformer.
Examples (a,.) and' (b) show that' saving is only effective when k is
far from unity.
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Example 53. A Singlephase, 400/440 V autotransformer is used to
step up the voltage and supply a load of 8·8 kV 1\, operating at unity
power factor. Neglecting losses and themagnetising current, find the
output current, the input current and the current in the common
section of the winding of the transformer.
8800 20 A
Load or output current
= 440
8800
. Input current ;: = 22A
400
Current in common section 22 20 = 2 A.
Example 54. Determine the core area, the number of turns and the
position of the tapping point for a 500 kVA, 50 Hz, single·phase
6:6/5·0 kV autotransformer, assuming the following values: e.m.f.
per tum' = 8 V, maximum flux density = 1·3 T.
leo
Using the transformer e.m.f. equation E = 4'44 <'PmfN volts
E
Then  = 8 = 4·44 <l?m 50
N
8
or .<'Pm 222 webers Since <'Pm = Bm A
8 8 X 10
6
:. Area
= 222 X 1.3 square metres = 222 X 1.3 square milli
metres
8000000
2
27720 mm 0'028 m:i
288'6
6600 5000
Primary turns 8 = 825 Secondary turns = 8 = 625
Thus the winding must be tapped 625 turns from the end, common
to primary and secondary.
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VARIABLE RATIO TYPE
This unit is usually called a Variable Transformer or a Variac, the
original trade name, and consists of one winding wound on an iron
core. The core is in the fOFm of a cylinder, built up from annular
lamination.stampings and insulated from each other in accordance
with good transformer practice. The winding consists of enamelled
wire put on in toroidal form, as illustrated by the diagram of Fig. 90.
A movable carbon brush is arranged on a radial arm, to make contact
with a track formed on the winding by cleaning off the enamel insula
tion.
CARBON
BRUSH
TRACK
ENAMELLED
WIRE
Fig. 90
An evident weakness of construction is that, full voltage is applied
along the length of the track where the insulation between adjacent
turns is reduced to a minimum, Furthermore, the collection of grime
and carbon dust at this very point can lead to insulation breakdown
between turns. This results in a shorting of the turns with eventual
burn out or an insulation failure along the whole length of the track.
Modern techniques of construction include the use of durable synthetic
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enanlel and varnish impregnation or "potting", together with a carbon
brush of suitable type, grade and shaped tip. These refinements have
removed the original causes of failure, and have resulted in this auto
transformer being accepted as a reliable item of equipment, much
used in laboratories and the testrooms of electrical factories. The
unit is built in,size.s up to 2'5 kVA for 230V working, and can be
arranged in "ganged" form for 440 V working. In the smaller sizes, it
is easily operated by a small sensitive motor and in this form can be
built into voltage regulators.' The author knows of no specific marine
applications where Variacs are used for power purposes but ·the proba
bility of their use in small automatic control and supervisory systems
rnustbe expected.
Example 55. A 250/200 V autotransformer is rated at 2 kV A. What
is the economy in copper compared with the equivalent double
wound transformer. Estimate the copper section of the, windings.
From the made already
Wt. of Cu. in autotransformer I V
1
1   where k =
Wt. of Cu. in double wound transformer  k V
2
250 _ 1 4 1
=
Here k = 200 4
So ratio =  =
5 S 5
4
Therefore Wt. of Cu. in auto is 5
1
of that in the doublewound unit.
making for a saving of 5
4
or 80 per cent in the copper required.
2000. 2000
Input current = 250 = 8 A Output current = 200 = lOA
Current in common section = 10  8 = 2 A
Working on a current density oft'55 Almm
2
the common section
mould be, of: conductor at least 1'29 mm
2
say 1'3 mm
2
• Top section
should be 4 times.this i.e. S'2 mm
2
•
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THREEPHASE TRANSFORMATION
The production of a threephase output supply from a threephase
input supply of the same frequency but different voltage value, can
be effected in one of two ways: (a) by the use of one composite three·
phase unit, (b) by interconnecting three similar but separate single
phase units.
(a) THE THREEPHASE TRANSFORMER. The magnetic circuit for this
unit is built up so as to provide three cores on which are wound the
primary and secondary of each phase. The diagram of Fig. 91 shows
the arrangement. It should be noted that the three windings are never
wound on one single limb, since the resultant f l u ~ caused by the three
primaries would be zero because, being 120
0
displaced from" one
another, the fluxes would cancel. The construction technique is ~ i m
ilar to that for the single·phase unit except that the windings for each
phase al': confined to one core. The most usual arrangement favours
the connection of either the primary or secondary in delta to enable
the passage of harmonic currents. .
PR*ARY (jft deltal
A 8 C
p
b . c o
SECONDARY (in star)
a
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l
F
 
l S I
1'5 1'"5
l I 
I 

I 
I
~
.....
f!
I
1
Fig. 91
Although, up to now, no mention has been made of the generation
of harmonics in transformers, the condition can be summarised briefly
thus.
Assume a sinusoidal applied voltage, then since <I> 0: V. The flux
waveform will also be sinusoidal but pot so the noload current. This
I
,.
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSDUCTOR
will be distorted for two reasons. 1. Since the BIH curve for the core
material is not a straight line then a "peaky" current wave results,
especially iftheiron is worked near the saturation value. 2. Since
due to hysteresis, the BIH curve is dissimilar on the ascending and
descending values then the current waveform will be distorted still
further, being unsymmetrical about the maximum value. The result
is illustrated by the diagram of Fig. 92.
Fig. 92
Fourier's theorem shows that, on analysis, the no·load current
waveform can be considered to be made up of a fundamental wave
form together with those of 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th harmonics. These
are present indecteasing magnitude values and their effects can be
minimised by taking appropriate precautions. A delta connection for
a three·phase winding enables the 3rd hannonic e.m.f.s  the most
important, as produced in each phase, to circulate 3l'd harmonic cur·
rents. These currents add to the fundamental to produce the necessary
sinusoidal flux wave with the resultant sinusoidal induced e.m.f.s.
(b) THREE SEPARATE SINGLEPHASE UNITS. Here three similar
transformers are interconnected into the threephase primary and
secondary lines. This arrangement is favoured for marine practice,
since only one spare unit need be carried. By a system of selector
switches, the spare unit can be connected into the circuit in the event
of one of the other units failing. The rating of each of the singlephase
units will only need to be onethird of that of the total output. See
Fig. 93 for the arrangement.
192 REED'S ADVANCED ELEC'fROTECHNOLOGY
MAIN BUSBARS
R
y
B
Lf_J____::::::::.:::.::::;:::::... :.....:.::::::..:::,; POWER LOADS'
bruaJ. 1m..Jho..o..J.STANDBY
'__1___ TRANSFORMER
b b. r SWITCHED AS No.1
MECHANICALLY INTERLOCKED FOR. SMALL POWER
USE IN ONE POSITION ONLY 3ph LOADS
.......
r
y
b
1ph LOADS
Fig. 93
METHODS OF CONNECTION
1. Star/Star. Diagram (a), of Fig. 94, shows the arrangement and
" V
connection diagram. The phase windings have to withstand only Vl
which means that less insulation material is required, a saving in space
and easier design. The windings have to carry full line current and if
one phase winding should fail, the whole three·phase arrangement
would be out of action. For this connection, third harmonic currents
will not flow in the line and distortion of secondary e.m.f. can be
expected. If a neutral line is run from the star point, third harmonic
current will flow along this wire an undesirable feature.
2. Delta/Delta. Diagram (b) of Fig.. 94 shows that with this connec
tion, each phase winding must be insulated to full line Voltage value
1
but the windings need only be designed to carry . Pf' times line
. v
3
f4'
,,",
,f
",
fit," ,
i
L
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSDUCTOR 193
current. In the event of one winding becoming faulty the unit need
not be shutdown since, by disconnecting the faulty winding, the
supply can be maintained but with a reduced output. This method
of working is known as "opendelta" or ''vee'', and is an arrangement
favoured by Continental and American marine practice. As no neutral
point is available, a supply only is used. Any third harmonic
currents, as set up by third harmonic e.m.f.s the phases, will cir..
culate round the closed mesh and will not flow out into the lines. As
seen earlier, the connection avoids distortion of the secondary e.m.f.
waveform by internally generated harmonics.
3. Delta/Star or Star/Delta. Diagram (c), of Fig. 94, will stress the
important that, here the transformation ratio is not merely the
transformer turns ratio but involves the type of connection.
Thus for a delta/star arrangement, transformation ratio =
=
Vph!
..j3Vph,
Nl
= VlN'J
h
N1 , he ha .
were  IS t P seturns ratio.
N'J
Irrespective of whether the delta/star or'star/delta connection is
used, no trouble is experienced with third harmonic currents since
they circulate round the mesh. /Ii star"point is available if a fourwire
arrangement is required for earthing purposes: For marine works,
star/delta working allows an acceptable arrangement since a starpoint
on the alternator is usual and a neutral can be introduced at a later
date, should this be comidered advantageous.
C B A
Eoc EOB Eoc fOb
p
o l"'l
°m2. b2 1l2S
Cl 1 Ql
c b a
Fig.94a
194 REED'S ADVANCED ELECTR<5TECHNOLOGY
.£!
~
ESC Ebc
c Q
Fig.94b
~
Eoa
e \ e \ e IP
~
Esc Eoe EOb
1'1
1b1
1
c b Q
Fig.94c
In relation to the polyphase transformer connections, those con
sidered above are the most common but, it should be noted that,
three to twophase and three to sixphase arrangements are practica
ble although these are only used for special applications. Even for the
examples already set out above, variations are possible where the
windings per phase are split into two sections and combinations such
as star/interstar, star/doublestar, delta/doubledelta are used for
special purposes. The only marine applications for such special con
nections are in conjunction with static rectifiers. A mention of one
such arrangement was made in Chapter 5 in relation to threephase,
fullwave rectification.
E.xample 56. The bow do "'kingpropeller of a large liner is driven by
a 600 kW, 3'3 kV, threep" e, 60 Hz induction motor which is
deltaconnected. The motOt : ~ supplied from the ship's 440 V auxiliary
power mains through astepul,' transformer unit, connected in delta,
~ .
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSDUCTOR 195
on the L.T. side. Assuming a fullload efficiency and powet factor of
85 per cent and 0'8 (lagging) respectively for the motor and an
efficiency of 98 per cent for the transformer. find the motor phase
and line currents and also the phase and line currents taken by the
primary winding of the transformer. If the secondary is in star, fmd
the turns ratio and the transformation ratio.
Output power of motor 600 kW
Input power to motor
600
:::::  X 100
8S
70S·8
"7058
Apparent powerinput to motor = 0'8
882 kVA
Motor current :::::
882000 8820
IS4A
Vf x 3300::::: 57'2 :::::
Power outpt from transformer = 705'8 kW
. 70S'8
Power mput  x 100 :::::
98
nOkW
Apparent power input to transformer = no = 900 kV A
0'8
90000'0
Mains current Vf x 440
90000 =1181 A
= 76'2
Motor line current 154 A Phase current = 88·9 A
Primary line current· = 1181 A Phase current = 682 A
682
The current ratio is given by 154" Note these are the transformer
phase currents.
196
REED'S ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
The turns ratio is in inverse proportion to the currents i.e.
154
682 4'43 i.e. 1 :4'43
440
The transformation ratio is 3300 =
4
30
THE SATURABLE REACTOR
7·5
i.e. 1:7'5
If the BIH curve of the iron material, as used for a reactor core, is
examined (Fig. 95a), it will be seen that there is a comparatively
straight portion for which R a: H and the permeability fJ. = BIH is
large and substantially constant. This part of the curve is used by the
reactor and transformer designer. At higher values ofH as the "knee"
of the curve is reached, the characteristic ceases to be linear and the
B/H or fJ. value varies from point to point as the graph flattens out.
The curve shows that the iron has passed into a state of saturation
and in its final state becomes almost horizontal. The j.t value after
decreasing rapidly has now reached a minimum value.
H_
H+
Fig.95a Fig.95b
The variation of the fJ. value is often referred to as its incremental
permeability and, if plotted to a base of H, gives a graph of the form
L..
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSDUCTOR 197
shown in Fig. 95b. From the work done in Chapter 6, it was seen that
L = ~ " or for a given reactor, L ex fJ.. Thus for an ironcored
reactor, inductance varies with j.t and it follows that if inductance is
plotted against H, the curve "'ould be similar to that shown for fJ..
It could well happen that the flux density of a reactor core is
carried into the region of saturation by the energising coil being sub
jected to overvoltage. This could also occur for a badly designed
transformer when an increase of the noload current would result,
being accompanied by distortion of the output voltage. waveform.
For both conditions, the reactance would be reduced if the inductance
is reduced by saturation and, in the case of the reactor, control of the
choking effect could be used to advantage if the incremental permea
bility or inductance could be controlled.
H+
Fig. 96
The usual method of achieving saturation is by providing the iron
with an initial biasing fluxdensity value. This can be done by fitting
the reactor with an additional winding fed from a d.c. source. The
additional ampereturns or initial H value would result in biasing the
value of B and can also be seen as a movement of the H axis upwards.
Irrespective of the polarity or direction 01 the direct current, varia
tion of this biasing flux density would allow the inductance of the
reactor to be varied from a value approaching :lero to its maximum
value. Thus, when the current of the biasing or control coil is at its
maximum value, the reactor inductance would be a minimum and
198 REED'S ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
when the. former is zero, the inductance would have its normal value.
This control can be illustrated by the "butterfly" curve shown by
Fig. 96. Note that the two curves are due to the hysteresis effect of
the B/H.curve, whilst symmetry about the 11 aXis is due to the reversal
of the direction of curfent in the d.c. control coil.
If a saturable reactor.is connected as shown in the diagram (Fig.
97), the variation of inductance by the control winding affects the
reactance and hence the total impedance (Z) offered to the sup
ply source. The control winding thus produces, by a changing imped
ance, a change of load current and thus a variation of power as
supplied to the load. The arrangement was first used for fading of
theatre lights but an obvious disadvantage was that an alternating
voltage was induced. into the control circuit. by transformer action.
Refinements have resulted from the development work done to make
the unit more'effective, and have produced the transductor, as it is
now more commonly called.
O.C CONT ROt'
VOLTA<:.f WINQINCi'
!>OU liCE
Fig. 97
THE TRANSDUCTOR
t 0"0
LOAI)
INDING
A.c.
VOLTAGE
SOURce
This device is similar in construction to a power transformer. It
may have one or two magnetic cores fitted with load and control
windings connected in the manner to be described. To continue
investigations on the theory of operation, we must again consider the
BIH curve of the material from which the coreis made and assume .
that a permanent additional B value is provided by t' control
ing.
The graph of Fig. 98 that if the d.c. bias controlcurrent
value is zero and no biaSing flux exists then, on application of a sinu
soidal supply voltage, the waveform of the alternating curren(can
obtained graphically as shown.
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSDUCTOR 199
B
f
__ CURRENT PRODUCING
APPROPRIATE
H (AMPERETURNS)
Fig. 98
B VALUE
_ PROPORTIONAL
TO APPLIED·
VOLTAGE
Next consider the core premagnetised by the bias winding. the
amount being shoWn by the ordinate OA. The corresponding flux
density would be OB and the axis of the applied voltage wave would
now.be along BX (Fig. 99). If the same of a.c. voltage is applied,
it will be seen that the current waveform can be obtained as before,
but, as the core is driven into saturation, the right hand halfcycle,
shown by the broken lines, has an amplitude limited only by.the cir
cuit resistance. There can be no increase·of flux and no induced
counter e.mJ. once the core has saturated. The current value during
this halfcycle is therefore large and independent of the d.c. control
current.
By using a high incremental permeability materialfor the core
which also has a "squareloop" type of hysteresis characteristic (Fig.
100), the transductor can be designed to be driven into saturation by
a very small change of magneLising current. If the a.c.winding is
capable of supporting the supply voltage when unsaturated and the.
control winding achieves saturation readily, then the device can be
regarded as a switch.
200
B
t
REED'S ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
t ~ X
'wi.·"
: toT ..... _.....
I )
'" _...
H +
I _
I
_
I I __ 
I _
I I
t
•
I
I
,
I
,
I
•
,"'....\
I ,
I ___..
I _
Fig. 99
I _
I __
......
+
B
1"'1 ?
H H+
.L J)
B
Fig. 100
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSDUCTOR 201
To continue, remember that the load current is only dependent
on the resistance of the circuit once the device has saturated. A
switch if timed to close at an appropriate instant after the start of a
cycle and open at the end of a halfcycle, would result in voltage
being applied to the load as shown (Fig. 101). The shaded area shows
when the voltage is effective, and· the mean value ofthe current passed
by the load canthus be controlled byvarying the instant of closing
the switch.
V
or
I
t
LOAD
.J ~ I o ~
SUPPLY I
~
Fig. lOla
Fig.lOtb
The similarity with transductor operation is illustrated by the dia
grams of Figs. 98 and 99. With no control current the transductor
supports the full a.c. supply voltage and the only current evident at
the load is the small noload magnetising current. With the application
of control current, the transductor is driven into saturation on the
+ve halfcycle by the sum of the load current magnetising m.m.f. and
the control current m.m.f. The instant, at which this occurs, can be
varied by adjusting the level of the control current i.e. the length of
the ordinate OA of Fig. 99. As stated, upon saturation,the device
cannot support the a.c. supply voltage and the load current is limited
202 REED'S ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
only by the circuit resistance. On the ve halfcycles the control
m.m.f. opposes saturation and the'transquctor supports the supply
voltage.' .
The disadvantages of the saturable reactor, as already mentioned,
are still present, namely: 1. Due to transformer ac.tion a voltage is
induced into the d.c. controlciruict and because of this an uneven,
pulsating direct current is the result. 2. Control is'not as effective as
desired since it occurs for halfcycles only. These defects are over
come by using two transductor elements connected as shown in the
diagram of Fig. 1()'2. The connection allows the induced e.m.f.'s in
the control windings to cancel out, and the arrangement can be
further developed to give a characteristic nearer that required of an
amplifier.
THE MAGNETIC AMPLIFIER
For the arrangement of Fig. 102, the load windings are shown
connected in parallel even though the control windings are in series.
The load windings could also be arranged in series but the parallel
arrangement is easier to understand, and the usual practical
method.
A.C.
SUPPLY
Fig. 102
D.C.
::ONTROl
II\lPUT
The load windings are connected in opposition so that on alternate
halfcycles of the supply voltage, the contr"ol ampereturns drive an
opposite core into saturation. Each load winding is designed to sup
port the full supply voltage when the control current is zero.
Consider core 1. With any given control current condition, for a
+ve halfcycle of supply voltage, the flux increases until a point is
reached when the core goes into saturation and the winding cannot
then support the voltage. Core 2 is, at the same time, driven away
from saturation and would support the supply voltage but for the
fact that the winding of core 1 is across it. Since core I has gone into
saturation, its winding effectively shortcircuits the load winding of
core 2 with the result that the supply voltage is not carried by the
transductor and is impressed across the load, to result in a partial
halfcycle of current.
THE (iii): THE TRANSDUcrOR 203
For the ve halfcyc1e,of the supply voltage the operation is
repeated. Core 1 comes out of saturation but its winding is short
circuited by that of c()re 2 which 'has gone into saturation. Thus con
trol is obtained over afull cycle by the d.c. contfolwinding .with its
current maintained continuously in one direction. Reversal of th!s
control current would merely change the order in which the saturation
of the cores occurs, and the controlling effect would"be as it was
originally.
The diagram of Fig. 103 shows the waveforms associated with the
magnetic amplifier in its simple form. The output is alternating,
though of a pulsing nature, and can be converted for d.c. operation
by the use of a suitably rated rectifier. . .
I
/
I
I
I
Fig. 103
I
1
CONTROL CURRENT
204 REED'S ADVANCEDELECTROTECHNOLOGY
CURRENT GAIN. This is a measure of the amplifying property of the
arrangement and can be simply deduced. Under the controlled condi
tion i.e. when one core is saturated and the effect of the other is off "
set by the shortcircuiting of its winding, there can be no change of
flux. Any increase of load ampereturns must be balanced by an equal
and oppcsite increase of control At, so that the resultant m.m.£. for
the core remains the same. Since high quality iron is used and worked
at high permeability, the m.m.£. necessary to cause saturation is
relatively small and can be neglected. Thus, under saturated conditions,
we can write
I
leNe = IN or I
e
Ne
N where N" =
the number of turns of
the control winding and Ie the control current. N = the number of
turns of the main winding and I the load current. The relationship
shows the current gain to be proportional to the turns ratio of load
and control windings.
leN"
Also since I
N
load current is dependent on the turns ratio
and the control current. It is independent of the supply voltages or
load resistance and the amplifier can be regarded as a constant current
source.
Before leaving the current waveforms shown on the diagram of
Fig. 103, it is pointed out that, since the control current is fed trom
a d.c. source its value might be assumed constant being decided by
the control circuit resistance. The above deduction however, shows
that if flux is constant, IeNe = IN and if I varies, Ie will vary.
Hence a reflection of the loadcurrent peaks is evident in the control
current.
When the cores are unsaturated, the impedance of the load winding
is large and only ;l small magnetising current will flow, which lags the
supply v0ltage by nearly 90°. When control is ineffective, I is deter·
Supply voltage
mined by . , and since we have the relation I kle,
Load resIstance
the magnetising current being neglected, the characteristic shown by
Fig. 104 can be deduced. This indicates that the magnetic amplifier
can be used to advantage where a large load current is tel be varied
in a linear. manner by a small control current.
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANgDUCTOR 205
f
...
z
:t
"
~ I /
c
0
..JI
CONT 1t0L CURReNT •
Fig. 104,
D.C.
INPUT
LOAD
Fig. 105
CVUENT
=1:
A.C.
SUPPLY
206 !tEED'S ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
FEEDBACK. Another way of showing the construction and diagram
oJ a magnetic amplifier is by Fig. 105. From this it is seen that, the
inductance of the a.c. windings is controlled by a d:c. winding which
can consist of two sections in series opposition to eliminate the
induced alternating voltage. As seen above, by suitably proportioning
the ratio of d.c. to a.c. turns, the amplifier is effective with an output
practically independent of the load circuit resistance. When d.c. am
plification is required, a rectifier is placed in series with the a.c. wind
ings. The amplifier will not however, discriminate between the
polarity of d.c. input signals. ,
To increase the gain of the device and to make it polarity sensitive,
positive feedback is employed. For the type of construction just
mentioned, a second winding can be placed on the centre limb and
connected to the d.c. terminals of a further bridge rectifier ,in series
with the load rectifier (Fig. 106). .
D.C.
INPUT
A.C.
SUPPLY
Fig. 106
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSDUCTOR 207
With the input signal in one direction the current through
feedback winding will be aiding the control winding and increasing
the gain. With a reversed signal, the current through the feedback
winding will remain in the same direction and will now oppose the
control current to reduce the gain. The new oharacteristicis shown
by Fig. 1,07. Current gains of up to 300 and power gains of 10
4
are
possible with this arrangement, which can be developed further for
specialised work. Thus a bias winding can be added to move the no
signal operating point and if two amplifiers are used in a
reversible output with no standing current is possible. The amplifiers
can also be used in cascade for increased gain.
T ...
i
u
D
§
CONTROL CURRENT +
Fig. 107
The magnetic amplifier has been used in various control schemes
for many marine applications. It' formed the basis of the B.T.H.
"Magnastat" and the G.E.C. "Accurex" automatic voltage regulating
systems and can be found in associati<ln with the monitoring of large
d.c. currents and the protection pf a.c. syste>ms. It must be stressed
however that recent developments in semiconductor technology indi
cate that usage of thy "Magamp" will decrease. Devices, such as the
Thyristor orS.C.R: (silicon controlled rectifier), can be developed to
have characteristics similar to a magnetic amplifier,and. since the dis
advantages of the latter include its size and weight then, the electronic
alternative is to be preferred once the cost of production is reduced
and availability improves.
208 REED'S ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
MISCELL.A.NEOUS EXAMPLES
Example 57. A coil of unknown inductance and resistance is con
nected in series with a 25 n, noninductive resistor across 250 V,
50 Hz mains. The p.d. across the resistor is found to be 150 V and
across the coil 180 V. Calculate the value of coil resistance and induc
tance.. Find also the power factor of the coil.
Vy. __
I 
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
VC.i
Vx
Fig.108a
V2S0V
II
II
II
,1
I II .
I 
I I
I :
I I
I I
I I
I I
I I
I I
, I
I I
<Pc I
.' \y I
V.1S0 V • I
Fig.108b
From the diagram of Fig. 108 the following mathematical solution
is possible.
Let x = the resistive voltage drop of the coil
y = the reactive voltage drop of the coil
Then x
2
+ y2' :::: 180
2
and (x + 1S0r'
y2
250
2
.... (a)
... (b)
or, on further simplification and rearranging of (b) and (a), we have
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSDUCTOR
Xl + 300x + 150
2
..., y2:::: 250
2
and x
2
+ yl :::: 180
2
Then by subtraction 300x + 150
2
=' 250
2
 180
2
or 300x = (250 + 180) (250 180)  150
2
giving 300x = 430 x 70  150
2
209
76
So 300x = 30100  22500 = 7600 or x·= = 25·33 V
3
Then y2 = 180
2
 2533
2
= 32400 6416 == 31758'4
or y = 10
2
y3176 1782 V
. 150
The Circuit current = 2S = 6 A
Resistance of coil :::;
2533
6
Reactance of coil =
178'2
==
6
297
= 4221 n
297 n
Inductance of coil ==
2 x 3'14 x 50
0,0945 H
2533 .
Power factor of coil cos <i>L == 180 = 0,141 (lagging)_
Example 58. A replacement relay coil for an alarm cirtuit is obtain·
able but is rated to operate correctly from a 120 V, 50 Hz supply. It
is also stamped 1050 n, 1·5 H. The coil is required to replace a burnt·
out unit from a 220 V, 60 Hz circuit and, in order to put the coil
into operation, it is decided to use a capacitor as a voltage·dropping
device. A range of capacitors is available as ship's "radio spares"
Estimate the size of capllcitors which should prove suitable.
Reactance of new colI on 50 Hz 314 x 100 x 1·5
3'14 x 150 = 471 n
211 210 ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
Impedance of new coil on 50 Hz = ,11050
2
+ 471'l
:;:: 100 y'10'5
2
+4'7P
= l00y'I11 +22'2
100 y'133'2 = 1155 n
120
Current taken by coil = i155'5 = 0'104 A
• 220
Required impedance on 220 V circuit = 0'104 = 2120 n
The reactance of the 220 V circuit would be
= y'2120
2
1050
2
= looy'iiz
2
'::"'1O'S2 = 100y'450111
:;:: 100y'339 = 1840 n
Reactance ofnew coil on 50 Hz is 471 n
6
On 60 Hz it is 471 x "5'= 565'2 n
Now the reactance of the required capacitor arrangement must
cancel this inductive reactance and provide the additional reactance
for the 220 V 'circuit, i.e. it must be 1840 + 565,2 = 2405·2 n.
The catch in the problem is involved with this point. Note it. 1
10
6
The required value of capacitance is given by Xc = 21ffC
10
6
10
6
10
2
orC =  = =
21ffXc 2 x 3 .. 14 x 60.x 2405 6'28 x 6 x 2'405
100 = 1'1 F
90'62 p
This could be made up from capacitors of IpF and 0lpF in parallel.
. Example 59. A 440 V, 50 Hz, 90 kW "circulating water
pump" motot has an efficiency of 82 per cent and operates at a:
power factor 0[0·8 (lagging). Calculate (a) the kVA input to the
motor. (b) the load current. If the motor is connected to the main
switchboard by a threecore, 95 mm
2
cable, 100 m long; calculate
the cable linevoltage drop. Take the resistivity of copper as 17 pO mm,
U
';!\
I'
i;
f
i
!l
!
'\
"
I
;\
,
THE TRANSFORMER (iii): THE TRANSJ)UCfOR
.. ('\1'\ 100
Motor power Input == JfV x 82 :;= 109'76kW
Apparent power input
=
kVA
Load current =
y'3kV
Resistance of cable core
kW 109'76
==
:;:: 137'2 kVA (a)
cos <P 08
137'2
=
= 180A' (b)
y'3 X 0'44
 pi
17 X 106 X. 100 X 10
3
'A=
95
17 X 10
1
'
= = 0'018 n
95·
Then the voltage drop in one cable core = 180 X 0,018 =:= 3·24 V
So cable voltage drop in the threephase line = y'3 x 3'24 = S'6 V
Note the introduction of the Vf when considering the threephase
conditions.
Example 60. in port a tankship obtained its "shoremain"
supply from a threephase, 3300/440 V, deltastar transformer. For
lighting purposes on board ship the voltage is, stepped down by three.
440/110 V, singlephase transformers connected in delta/delta. If the
total lighting load, comprised of tungsten fdament and fluorescent
lamps, is balanced to 15 kW at a power factor of (lagging). eal ,
culatethe currents in the respective connecting cables and the phase
currents of the transformer windings. What would be the k VA
supplied from the highvoltage supply? It is assumed that the trans
former losses are negligible and only the ligpting is being supplied .
lighting transformer.
15000
Secondary line current :::: 93A
Vf x 110 x 0'85
L
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93
Secondary phase current = Vl = 54 A
. 10
_1_ =
Primary phase current =S4x 13'5 A
440
Primary line current = 13·5 x Vl = ,23·3 A
Supply transformer.
. Secondary line current = 23'3 A
Secondary phase current = 23'3 A (since the Windi.ngs are
connected in star)
440/Vl = 1'76 A Primary phase current
= ,123'3. x 3300
Primary line current = 1'8 x Vl
.
= 3'1 A
.
Assuming no losses
kVA input from supply = kVA output from lighting transformer
kW _ 15
 0.85 = 17·65kVA.
.=
cvs.
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CHAPTER 6
PRACTICE EXAMPLES
1. . A directreading wattmeter having a 5 A currentcoil and a '
110 V, voltagecoil is to be used to measure the power in a
singlephase, 6·6 kV circuit. ciurying a maximum current of
100 A. State the appropriate ratios for the instrument tr;ms
formers and calculate the constant by which the wattmeter
reading must be multiplied to measure the power consumed.
2. A 75 kW, 415 V, threephase induction motor has a full
load efficiency of 80 per cent. The input line currentis to be
m e a s u r ~ by' a C.T. operated ammeter. Suggest an appropriate
ratio fortheC.T. if the fullscale deflection of the ammeter is
5 A. State the.expected ammeter reading. The power factor of
the motor on full load is 0'87 (lagging).
3. A singlephase wattmeter with 5 A and 250 V ranges is used
lJ1 conjunction with a 25/5 C.T. to measure the power of one
phase of a balanced, threephase, starconnected load. If the
load absorbs 12 kW from a threephase, 415V, 50 Hz, supply
and the powerfactor is 0'8 (lagging), calculate (a) the watt
meter reading (b) the impedance per phase of the load ( c) if a
phase impedance consists of a resistor and reactance in series,
calculate their phase values.
4. The output power of a 415 V. threephase alternator supplying
a balanced load is measured by one wattmeter. If the current
. transformer has a 2515 ratio and the wattmeter reading is 7 kW,
what is the total "Power?
S. For recording the input to a threephese, 7"5 kW induction
motor, which is rated to take a line curren Ilf 14 A at 415 V,
the following instruments are to be used.
Ammeter OlO 5 A" of resistance 008 n.
Voltmeter 0 to 120 V, of resistance 3636 n.
Threephase Wattmeter (two element type). Current coils
oto 5 A, of resistance 0'1 n. Voltage coils 0 to 120 V, of
resistance 4000 n.
Estimate the ratio and burden rating of suitable current and
voltage transformers.
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6. The primary and secondary voltages of an autotransformer
are 500 V and 400 V respectively. Find the current distribution
in the windings when the secondary current is 100 A and calcu
late the economy of copper for this arrangement. .
7. The possibility, isto be considered, of using a
6 kVA, 250/150 V, singlephase transformer, as an auto
transformer on 400 V mains, to supply a load of 12 kVA at
250 V. By checking the current loading of the windings and a
practical connection method, determin,e the suita.bility of the
. arrangement.
8. Find the values of the currents flowing in the
branches of a threephase, starconnected autotransformer loaded
with 400 kW at a power factor of 0'8 (lagging) and having a
ratio of440/550 V. Neglect voltage drops, magnetising current
and all losses in the transformer.
9. A440 V, threephase induction motor is to be started by
the use of a deltaconnected ·autotransformer provided with a
70 per cent tapping on each phaSe winding. Find the voltage
applied across the motor terminals at the stage of starting when
the transformer tappings are in circuit.
10. A threephase, 440 V, 40 kW induction motor has an
efficiency of82 per cent and operates at a power factor of
0'85 (lagging). When directon started, the motor takes a. cur
rent of 6 x fullload current and produces a torque. of 1'5 x.
fuUloadtorque. Calculate the current taken from the supply
and the ratio of starting to fuUload torque if the motor 'is
started through an autotransformer having a 75 per cent
tapping. This transformer is starconnected.
CHAPTER 7
THE A.C. GENERATOR 6)
In Chapter 7 of Vol. 6 the reader was introduced to the basic laws
of electromagnetic induction, and the principles of e.m.f. generation
by dynamic induction were also considered. The generation of an
alternating voltage was seen to be accomplished by a comparatively
simple arrangement but, if the a..c. generator was to be functional as
a machine; distinct from the d.c. generator then, it \lIaS evident tqat
much development work was necessary before it became a commer
cial proposition. The advantages of a.c. over d.c., from the generation
and utilisation pqirtt of view, are many and wiI.lbe outlined later but
if the generators are compared, it is apparent that the a.c. generator
. scores because it has no commutator. Furthermore, since it is merely
a matter of moving conductors with respect to the magnetic field
then it is immaterial as to whether the field moves and the conductors
tpe stationary or vice verSa. Thus we have two methods of operation
open to; the machlne designer but the arrangement of a moving field
tRd fixed armature conductors is usually favoured because of reasons
tQ be mentioned. The basics of machine construction are therefore
considered before the main substance of a.c. generator theory is
detailed.
mE GENERATOR
, In the interests of standardisation the title of "synchronous a.c.
pnerator" or more simply the "a.c. generator" is now to
compare with that of "d.c. generator" but the term alternator will·
.,c:ontinue to be used by engineers whilst the new terminology is being
and established. The main types of a.c. generators in general
use are now
ROTATINGARMATURE TYPE
..;.In the C?lementary generator, a.c.is always produced. The provision
of a reversing switch  the commutator, resUlts in d.c. but, if a.c. is
required then sliprings are necessary. A machine of this type is
'constructed like a d.c. generator with a fIXedfield system and a .
moving armature. It is known as a "rQtatingarmature" alternator and
is an acceptable arrangement for smlJlI machines up to about 40 kVA
at a voltage of 450 V. It would be a cheaper machine than as a.c. gen
erator constructed on the rotatingfield.principle, because a d.c. gen·
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and minimum value of rectified voltage = 5515 x cos.
= 5515 cos 30
= 5515 x 0866
= 4775 V
or voltage dropped = 5515  4775 = 740 V peak to peak
740
=. x 100 = 13'4 per cent_
5515
134
As before, ripple voltage = = 6'7 per cent.
2
CHAPTER 6
1. For tll.e voltage transformer. the appropriate ratio would be
6600 60 '
V.T. ratio = 110 = T' The voltage will not vary appreciably
and this ratio should be suitable.
For the current transformer the appropriate ratio. to give
100 20
f u l l ~ deflection, would be C.T, ratio .,. T = I' Since
current is a variable quantity depending on the load, in the
opi,nion of the author, it is always safer to allow for overload
conditions.
Thus the fullload reading should not occur at full scale and this
can be achieved' by psing a larger C.T, ratio.,. In this case 1 o
or 3 ~ would be suitable. Normal reading would then occur at
about twothirds full scale.
.By using a 30 C.T. ratio, the wattmeter. being used on the
1 .
5 A and 110 V ranges, must hJve its reading multiplied by the
factors of 30 for the current and 60 for the voltage.
The required constant is 30 x.6O = 1800 .
. 2. Motor output = 75 kW
_ 75 X 100
9375 kW
Motor iriput
 80'
93'75
or
= 107'76 kVA
0'87
107760
107760
The line ,current would be V3 x 415
71S'78
__ 14992 A
~ l
549
548 REED'S ADVANCED ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
A 150/5 ratio currenttransformer would be suitable but it
is usual to allow a portion of the scale for noting starting and
overload conditions and a 250/5 ratio C.T. would be the better
149'92
proposition. If used, the meter reading would be
SO' the
I
50
C.T. ratio being taken into account.
Reading 3 A for normal running conditions.
12
3. (a) The threephase apparent power
0.8 15 kVA
15000
1000
The line current ::=
.J3x415 1'732 x 27'67
1000
47'82 "" 20'91 A
The wattmeter reading would be secondary C.T. current x phase
vbitage x load power factor.
25 5
Since the C.T. ratio =: 5 or 1
20'91 415
reading
 x  x O·g =
800W
5 .j3
Note. The result could be arrived at, in a more direct fashion,
12
since the power per phase
or 4000W 4kW
 3
. 5
The C.T. rabo reading 4000
800W
5
It is pointed out that, since the load is balanced and star
connected, the voltagecoil of the wattmeter is connected
between a line and the starpoint. The wattmeter is therefore
415
subjected to' volts, ie. a value within the rated range.
SOLlITIONS TO PRACTICE EXAMPLES
I 415
239;6
tb) The impedance per phase = .j3 x 20'91
20'91
= 11'48 n
(c) The equivalent resistance :::: 11·48 x0·8 9'184 n
.The equivalent reactance == 11 '41$ x0·6 6'888 n.
4. Since the power is being measured by one wattmeter, it is
evident that a neutral or starpoint is available or has been arti
ficially created and the total power will be three times the
power measured  which is phase power.
Although phase voltage is applied to the instrument, reduced
current in the ratio of 2: or Tis being applied. :. The watt
meter constant for the arrangement would be five and phase
power would be 7 x 5 = 35 kW.
The total threephase power == 3 x 35 = 105 kW.
5. . Ratio of C.T.'s = 25/5 or 5/1
440
Ratio ofV.T.'1 =
110 or 4/1
Ammeter voltage drop at 5 A = 5 x 0·08 = 0·4 V
Ammeter burden = 5 x 04 = 2 VA
Wattmeter voltage drop at 5 A = 5 x 0'1 :::: 0'5 V
Wattmeter burden per current coil =: 5 x 0'5 = 2'5 VA
:. C.T. burden = 2 + 2'5 = 4'5 say 5 VA. This is a mini
mum value, a tral1sformer capable of a larger burden say I 0 VA
would give greater accuracy on overload and would allow for
extension of instrumentation should this be required.
3
120
10 X 10 = 33 rnA
Voltmeter current = =
, 3636
303
.t
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Voltmeter burden ::' 120 )( 33 X 10
3
:: 3;3.)C. 1'2
= 396 VA
_ 'i20 _
12 )( 10
3
Wattmeter voltasecoil eurren!
 4000 
400
:: lOrnA
Wattmeter burden per vol" coil :: 30 )( 10
3
X 120
= 3 ,x 1:2 = 36 VA
V.T. burden = 396 + 36 = 7'56 say 10 VA. Here
again, a transformer rating greater than the bueden 11 usual.
500 5
6. Transformation J'lltio
= = k = 4
400
Secondary. current = l00A
'and since primary kVA =,' secondary kVA
500 x 400 x ioo 400
:: 400 x 100 or II =
1000 1000 500 5
SOA
Thus the single section of winding carries 80 A and the
common section of winding carries (1 00 ~ 80). = 20 A
, Wt of Cu in autotransformer 1
Now Wt of Cu in doublewound transformer
= k
4 1
= 1 = 1   =
5 5 5
4
4 .
i.e. SOT 80 per cent of copper is saved.
551
6000
SOLUTIONS TO PRACTICE EXAMPLES
7. Normal current rating of L.T. winding . !: 150
= 40A
6000
Normal current rating of H.T. winding = 250 = 24 A
With the·L.T. winding connected in series with the H.T.
winding so that the latter forms the common section, the output
current would be 40 +24. = 64 A. Thus the maximum loa<t·
250 x 64
kVA rating :: '1000 = 16 kVA. A load of12 kVA could
therefore be· supplied, since the current rating of the windings
would be in direct proportion to the kVA values.
Thus for 12 kYAt current in common section :: ~ ! x 24
:: 18A
12
and for 12 kVA, current ill series section = 16)( 40
= 30A
Load between tapping point and common line
250 x48
=
= 12 kVA.
1000
' 400
8. Transformer rating = 0.8 = 500 kVA
Primary current = 500 000 = 656 A
v'3x440
500000
Secondary current = = 525 A
v'3 x550
Current in common section of a phase winding = 656 525
= .l31 A
Current in section of a phase winding supplying 550 V
= 525 A.
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9. The most usual method ,of using a threephase autotransformer
is to have the phase windings connected in star. The catch in
R.
this problem is the fact that, a delta connection is used and for
such an arrangement, the secondary line voltage is not 70 per
cent of the primary voltage, when the 70 per cent tapping is
used. This is illustrated by the diagrams and solution
L'S",·/O.7VRY
•• I
O,3VYa VI2
l ••
The phasor diagram shows the output voltage between lines
as given by the solution
VL2 = {(0'7
2
+0'3
2
) (2 x0'7 x 0'3 x cos 60°) } V
L
1
Note here V
L
is the line voltage = Vay = V
YB
:. VJ2 = (0.49 + 0·09)  (0·42 x 0.5») V
L
2
= (0'58 0'21) V
L
1
or V 12 = ";0'37 V
L
= 0·61 V
L
(approx.)
The voltage applied to the motor terminals would be
0'61 x 440 = 268·4 V.
JO. Motor power output == 40 000 W
. 40000
Motor power mput = watts
0·82
40000
Motor trueephase rating = 0'82 x 0,8'5 volt amperes
SOLunONS TO PRACTICE EXAMPLES 553
40 000 = 75,3 A
Fullload current = ..;3 x 082 x 085 x 440
Directon starting current = 75'3 x 6 = 452 A
As already noted for a starconnected arrangement, the out
put voltage is proportional to the transformer tapping. Thus
the output voltage = 75 per cent of the input voltage. and in
consequence the starting cutrent will be only 75 per cent of the
directon starting value because of the reduced impressed volt·
age on the motor. .
Thus starting current = 0·75 x 452 339 A
Agam due to transformer action and the fact that
Sec kVA = Prim kJI'A, the primary or supply current is 75
per cent of the secondary current = 075 x 339 amperes.
. Thus supply current = 254 A
Note. This latter part of the question is better answered with
a knowledge of induction motor theory and is fully dealt with
in the appropriate section of this book. Here we can say that,
torque is proportional to the voltage squared and therefore, if
the voltage is reduced to a value then, the torque will be
(
3)2 9 9
reduced to '4 16 of the starting value = 16 x 15
of the fuUload value = 0'5625 x 1'5 x fullload value
= 0844 x fullload value_
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