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Why Leakage Reactance in transformer

is important for design consideration.


January 26, 2015 sirajul Comment

Leakage reactance in power transformer is one of the important parameter for designing a
power transformer, choosing a power transformer etc.
In transformer there are primary winding and secondary winding. Both the windings are
attached with the core structure. With the current in the primary winding a magnetic flux is
produced which passes through the magnetic core structure and this magnetic flux induces
voltage in the secondary winding. This is usual operation of a transformer.

Details on leakage reactance in power transformer


What is leakage reactance in power transformer
In usual operation of a transformer the flux is to pass through the magnetic core structure. But
some local flux is also generated in the current carrying primary and secondary windings.
This flux is called the Leakage flux.
The leakage flux is of opposite direction of the working flux in the magnetic core.
Thus it excludes working flux from the core and these effects on the reduction of the
secondary voltage. This effect is such like placing a physical impedance in series with
the secondary winding; which contribute to the reduction of the secondary
voltage. This physical impedance is called the Leakage reactance.

Leakage flux example


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Measurement of leakage reactance in power transformer


Leakage reactance is measured by short-circuiting one winding of the transformer and
increasing the voltage on the other winding until rated current flows in the windings. This
voltage divided by the rated winding voltage, then multiplying by 100 results to percent
reactance or %X.
So leakage reactance is termed as, %reactance= (reactance voltage drop/winding
voltage)/100.

Facts of leakage flux that has effect on leakage reactance


As the magnitude of the leakage ux increases, the magnitude of ux in the core decreases.

Leakage ux increases considerably as the currents in the windings increase.


Leakage ux travels through empty space instead of through iron, so no saturation,
hysteresis and permeability equal to 0.

Magnitude of leakage reactance


Designer considers the following parameters as, magnitude of this reactance is a function of

Number of turns of the primary & secondary winding.


The currents in the winding.
The geometry of the core & windings.

Controlling the leakage reactance in power transformer


Keeping the spaces between the windings small.
Placing the windings as close together as possible
Varying the winding dimensions.
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Effect of leakage reactance in power transformer

Reduces the secondary voltage under load.


Limits short-circuit currents, this is useful.
Consumes reactive power.