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Power Transformer in and Out

Power Transformer in and Out

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Single-phase transformers can be connected to form three-phase transformer banks. Normally, three
nominally identical transformers (P, Q, and R) are used and connected symmetrically (some special
cases will be discussed later). The primaries are connected in delta (∆ ) or in wye (Y), as are the
secondaries. The possible combinations are: ∆-∆, ∆- Y, Y-∆ and Y – Y . The names come from the
appearance of the diagrams we use - see below. A ∆ -Y or Y- ∆ connection introduces a 30° phase
shift and a √3 change in the voltage ratio as will be discussed in detail. We will assume that the
individual transformers are ideal in the following sections.

Delta-Delta Connection

The terminal connections are shown in Fig 1 whereas Fig 2 helps us understand the phase relationships.
VAB and V12 are the voltages across the primary and secondary of one of the three transformers (P).
They are in phase with each other and differ in magnitude by the turns ratio of the transformer. The
same is true for the other two transformers.
The currents IP and IS (pri and sec currents of transformer P) are in phase with each other and differ in
magnitude by the inverse turns ratio.

Fig. 9.1

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There are two sets of currents in a delta connection, the line currents, IL, which flow in and out of the
bank, and the currents which flow in the windings (inside the delta) - these are called phase or delta
currents I∆. The line currents are √3 larger than the delta currents and are shifted in phase by 30° .

Recall 3-phase circuits notes:

Sample calculation

A ∆ - ∆ transformer bank drops the utility voltage of 138 kV to 4160 V for a manufacturing plant.
The plant draws 21 MW at 86% lagging.
(a) The apparent power drawn by the plant is: P/PF = 21/0.86 = 24.4 MVA
(b) The apparent power drawn by the transformer bank is: 24.4 MVA (TFB considered lossless)
(c) The current in the HV lines is: S/(√3 × VLL) = 24.4 M / (√3 × 138 k) = 102 A
(d) The current in the LV lines is: S/(√3 × VLL) = 24.4 M / (√3 × 4160) = 3384 A
(e) The current in the windings of each TF is: I_HV = 102/√3 = 58.9 A, I_LV = 3384/√3 = 1954 A
(f) The load carried by each TF is: 24.4/3 = 8.13 MVA or using 4160 × 1954 or 138 k × 58.9

Delta-Wye Connection

The connection of the primaries is the same as in the previous case (delta). The secondaries are
connected in wye which creates a common neutral point N and two sets of voltages, line-to-line VLL and
line-to-neutral VLN. In this case, the primary voltage of transformer P is a line-to-line voltage, and its
secondary voltage is line-to-neutral. When we state the voltage ratio of the transformer bank, we
compare L-L voltages, so the bank ratio is √3 larger than the individual transformer ratios, and there is a
30° phase shift.

VLL = √3 _ ∟30 VLN

Fig.9.3 Delta-Wye Connection

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Fig.9.4 ∆ -Y Schematic and Voltage Phasors

Since the secondary and the primary voltages of any one transformer are in phase, the bank output
voltage must lead the bank input voltage by 30°. This can be seen in the phasor diagram of Fig 4 by
comparing E12 with EAB.

Sample calculation 3 1-phase step-up TFs rated at 40 MVA, 13.2 kV / 80 kV are connected in _-Y and
connect a 13.2 kV transmission line to a 90 MVA load. Calculate:
(a) The load voltage: For one TF, VP is 13.2 kV, VS is 80 kV (which is a L-N voltage)
For load or bank, VLOAD (L-L) = √3 × VL_N = √3 × 80 k = 138 kV
(b) The currents in the TF windings: For one TF, S = 90 MVA / 3 = 30 MVA
IPRI ∆ = S / VWDG = S / VL-L = 30 M / 13.2 k = 2272 A
ISECY = S / VWDG = S / VL-N = 30 M / 80 k = 375 A
(c) The line currents (LV and HV): ILV =√3 × 2272 = 3932 A (from delta to line)
IHV =375 A (no adjustment in a wye)

Wye-Delta Connection

The reverse of the delta-wye connection, the bank ratio is _3 smaller than the individual
transformer ratios, and the bank output voltage must lag the bank input voltage by 30_.

Wye-Wye Connection

As with the delta-delta connection, the bank ratio is the same as the individual transformer ratios,
and the bank output voltage is in phase with the bank input voltage. The only extra possible
problem is that the neutral point may shift causing unbalance of the line-to-neutral voltages. This
can be caused by unbalanced loads (different load currents in each of the three phases).

4-Wire Wye Connection

There are two solutions. Use a 4-wire system (see Fig. 12.6) and tie the neutral points together - forcing
the line-to-neutral voltage to be balanced, or

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Fig.9.5 4-Wire Wye Connection

3-Wire Wye with Tertiary

Fig 9.6 Primary


add a tertiary winding connected in delta (see Fig.9.6) - forcing the voltages to sum to zero.

Calculations involving Three-phase Transformer Banks (6 assumptions)
1. We assume both primary and secondary windings are connected in wye (even if they are not).
2. We consider one single-phase transformer of this assumed Y-Y bank.
3. We consider the primary voltage to be the line-to-neutral voltage of the incoming line.
4. We consider the secondary voltage to be the line-to-neutral voltage of the outgoing line.
5. We consider the nominal power rating to be one-third of the bank rating.
6. We consider the load on this transformer to be one-third of the load on the bank.

Example 3-phase bank is rated at 1300 MVA, 24.5 kV / 345 kV, 60 Hz, XL = 11.5 %.
This bank connects a 24.5 kV generator to a 345 kV transmission grid
Determine the equivalent circuit and the generator terminal voltage when this
transformer delivers 810 MVA at 370 kV with a 90 % lagging power factor.

We use the per-unit method and work on the HV side of the bank using the six assumptions.

VBASE = 345/√3 = 199.2 kV, SBASE = 1300/3 = 433.3 MVA, ZT = 0 +j 0.115 pu
SLOAD = 810 / 3 = 270 MVA SLOAD (PU) = SLOAD / SBASE = 270 / 433.3 = 0.6231 pu
VLOAD = 370 / √3 = 213.6 kV VLOAD (PU) = VLOAD / VBASE = 213.6 / 199.2 = 1.0723 pu
I (PU) = SLOAD (PU) / VLOAD (PU) = 0.6231 / 1.0723 = 0.5811 pu _ = cos-1 0.90 = 25.84°
V GEN = VLOAD + I×ZT = 1.0723 ∟0 + (0.5811 ∟-25.84) × (0.115 ∟90)
= 1.0723 + j 0 + (0.0668 ∟64.16) = 1.1014 + j 0.0601 = 1.103 pu ∟3.12°
VGEN = VGEN (PU) ×VBASE = 1.103 × 24.5 kV = 27.02 kV (answer is line-to-line on LV side)

Connections of terminals

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When you start making the connections between the transformer's terminals and the incoming and
outgoing conductors, carefully follow the instructions given on the nameplate or on the connection
diagram. Check all of the tap jumpers for proper location and for tightness. Re-tighten all cable
retaining bolts after the first 30 days of service. Before working on the connections make sure all safety
precautions have been taken. As appropriate, you should make arrangements to adequately support the
incoming/outgoing connecting cables to ensure that there is no mechanical stress imposed on
transformer bushings and connections. Such stress could cause a bushing to crack or a connection to

Transformers are usually designed and built to provide good electrical connections using either copper
or aluminum cable. A protective plating or compound that prevents surface oxidation on the aluminum
terminals is usually applied at the factory. You should not remove this coating from tap and line
terminals. Also, when aluminum conductors are used, give them a protective compound treatment at the
terminal as specified by the cable manufacturer.

One should follow the instructions provided by the transformer manufacturer. Torque specifications are
sometimes listed on the hardware. After applying proper torque, you should wait a minute or so, and
then re-tighten all bolts to the specified torque.

You should use commercially available, properly sized, UL-listed mechanical- or compression-type
lugs. These terminations should be attached to the cables as specified by the termination or cable
manufacturer. Such terminations are available from electrical distributors. Do not install washers
between the terminal lugs and the termination bus bar as this will introduce an added impedance and
will cause heating and possible connection failure.

Some transformer manufacturers recommend that the cable size be based on an ampacity level of 125%
of nameplate rating. When speaking to consulting engineers on this topic, we've found that they
recommend the cable be sized for the transformer's nameplate rating. You take your choice; extra safety
and extra cost or regular-sized cables. Whatever the choice, the cable insulation rating must be adequate
for the installation. The cables you install must be kept as far away as possible from coils and top

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