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2013 International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, Oct.

26-29, 20l3, Busan, Korea

Optimal Design of Power Transformer Tank Based on an Accurate Tank

Mechanical Property Analysis Method

Zhen Zhang I, Zaiping Pan I *, Qiuyuan Xu 2, Xiaohong Pan I, Zhen Wang I

I. Faculty of Engineering, Zhejiang University, China
2. Sanbian Sci-tech Company, China

Abstract - This paper addresses the power transformer tank

design optimization problem and, proposes a tank mechanical II. TANK MECHANICAL PROPERTY ANALYSIS METHOD
property analysis method with high calculation precision. The
main contributions of this research are: 1) introduction of a new A. Tank model
effective method to calculate transformer tank mechanical
Transformer tank consists of upper tank and lower tank,
property; 2) incorporation of Quantum behaved Particle Swarm
Optimization (QPSO) algorithm to solve the tank design
which are connected by the bolts along the tank brim. The
optimization problem; bolts would move under positive or negative pressure put on
Keywords: power transformer; tank mechanical performance; tank walls. It's difficult to calculate its influence to the
design optimization; finite element; QPSO; displacement of the tank walls. In this paper, 3D-springs
model is proposed for calculating the displacement of the bolts.
I. INTRODUCTION Each direction of spring stiffness is fixed by experimental data.
Transformer is one of the most expensive electrical There are features like chamfers, holes, ribs and corrugated
equipment. In transformer running period, failures such as oil structure on the tank walls. To ensure the simulation reliability,
a simplified FE analysis model should be established under
leakage, tank deformation and transformer explosion would
proper boundary condition with some assumptions. 3D-FEM
cause significant economic loss. It's essential for transformer
software ANSYS is used for the numerical computation of
industry to design tank with both security and economy.
tank deformation and stress. Four-node shell element She1l181
To optimize the transformer tank design, whether the
is adopted for numerical calculation. The tank material is steel
design meets industry standards must be validated. Both IEC Q235, assumed as perfectly plastic material. The modulus of
standards and industry standards of China indicate tank test is elasticity is 201GPa, the Poisson's ratio is 0.3. Geometric
type-test. Chinese national standards indicate that, transformer structure parameters are selected according to specific
tank should be tested under both positive pressure and transformer tank. Tank models (shown in Fig. 1) are tested
negative pressure, and no serious permanent deformation is under both positive and negative loads of 1.0Ie5N/m2. For
allowed within a testing time of 5 minutes[l]. FEM, with high positive pressure (pressure from inside to outside), the
computation precision and low cost, is commonly used by boundary condition is the constrains of the reinforce steels on
researchers to transformer tank design optimization. Batista[2] tank bottom. For negative pressure (vacuum condition), the
researched the deformation of transformer tank covers, and multi-points one-way fixed constrain also is taken account into
proposed an optimization technique for tank cover designing. boundary condition.
Zhang J H[3] also researched the deformation of oil-immersed According to the different types of covers, ribs and
transformer tank using FEM. Muller and Brady[4-6] carried chamfers, there are flat cover tank and arch cover tank, rib
out experimental tests which consisted in creating low tank and corrugated tank, chamfer tank and no-chamfer tank.
impedance faults in oil tilled transformer tanks. Then they Fig. 1 shows the tank type with arch cover, ribs and chamfers.
proposed a numerical model for transformer explosions, and The bolts connecting upper tank and lower tank are taken
account into the FE model so as to simulate the movement of
developed a fluid structure interaction numerical tool.
the tank brims. White triangles represent the bolts.
A well designed tank FEM model can simulate the tank
mechanical property with high computation precision. In this
paper, the 3D-springs model is used to simulate the
deformation of the bolts connecting upper tank and lower tank.
Experiments are carried out to measure the deformation of
tanks under both positive and negative air pressure. The
comparison of experimental results and simulation results
indicates that the introduction of this technique significantly
improved the computation precision.
QPSO algorithm, originally introduced by Jun Sun [7] in
2004, is an efficiency global optimization algorithm proved by
hundreds of papers. Aiming at the minimization of the total
mass of tank ribs, a tank design optimization method in
conjunction with QPSO is proposed in section III.

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Fig. 1. 3D model of transformer tank The nwnber and the location of springs are set according to
the distribution of the bolts. The stiffness of the springs along
B. 3D-springs model
the long edge and the short edge tank wall is denoted as
Generally, the height of upper tank is much bigger than KI�K6 sequentially. Considering the symmetry structure,
lower tank's. There would be obvious displacement between K2=K5. When the tank is working in negative pressure
upper brim and lower brim, so it can't be considered as rigid condition, there is contacting constrain along the Y direction.
connection. The 3D-springs model is used to simulate the Then set K2 a huge value (le12 in this paper) to simulate the
behavior of the connecting bolts; the coordinate system is contacting constrain.
shown in Fig.l. The stiffness of the springs is fixed by the
experimental data.
Table III
Main geometric parameters of tanks for experiment
Structure Parameter Tank A 1m Tank B 1m Tank C 1m

Thickness of experimental cover 0. 01 0. 01 0. 01

Length of tank 7. 64 7. 97 7. 86
Upper and lower tank
Width of tank 2. 57 2. 68 2. 64
(Upper/Lower tank)
Height of tank (Upper/Lower) 2. 62 I 0. 577 2. 72 I 0. 577 2. 75/0.577

Thickness of tank (Upper/Lower) 0. 01 1 0. 016 0. 01 / 0. 016 0. 01 / 0. 016

Width of brim section 0. 185 0.185 0. 185

Upper and lower brim
Thickness of brim 0. 03 0. 03 0. 03

Width of rib sections 0. 7 0. 7 0. 7

Ribs of upper tank Height of rib sections 0. 09 0.086 0.086

(Long edgelShort edge) Thickness of ribs 0. 01 0. 01 0. 01

Number of ribs 9/2 9/2 9/2

Ribs thickness 0. 02510. 3 0. 025/0. 3 0. 025/0. 3

Ribs of lower tank
Ribs interval 0. 45/0.46 0.45/0.46 0. 4510.46
(Long edgelShort edge)
Number of ribs 1214 14/4 11/4

Cover steel thickness 0. 016 0. 016 0. 016

Cover and bottom steel
Bottom steel thickness 0. 01 0. 01 0. 01

Table IV
Comparisons of experimental displacement and calculation displacement (Experimental value / Computational value)
Model C: Model C:
Model A: Model A: Model B: Model B:
Test points Negative Positive
Negative pressure/mm Positive pressure/mm Negative pressure/mm Positive pressure/mm
pressure/mm pressure/mm
3/1. 0 3/1. 0 211. 4 2/1. 3 2/1. 4 2/1. 3

2 112. 8 2/2. 2 9/10. 2 3/8. 7 8/9. 1 3/7. 5

3 5/7. 2 5/6. 0 8/12. 0 7110. 1 10/11. 6 9/9. 4

4 8/8. 5 717. 1 10/13. 5 lIIl1. 2 12/14. 4 9111. 3

5 9/9. 6 717. 8 13115. 0 12112. 0 11115. 0 12/11. 5

6 lIIlO. 8 8/8. 5 11115. 7 12/11. 9 14/15. 0 lIIll. l

7 10/11. 0 7/8. 4 16116. 8 13/12. 7 15/15. 9 11111. 7

8 13/11. 3 9/8. 6 14/17. 1 14113. 1 17/16. 4 10/12. 0

9 12/11. 5 918. 8 14116. 9 15/13. 3 16/16. 7 13112. 1

10 14/11. 8 10/9. 0 13117. 4 13113. 7 15/16. 9 lII12. 4

11 10/11. 8 919. 0 13117. 5 15/13. 7 15/16. 7 9112. 4

12 12/10. 3 8/9. 9 12113. 2 11112. 4 12/11. 8 9/10. 9

13 12/10. 4 7110. 0 11/13. 5 9/12. 5 13/11. 9 7111. 0

14 110. 9 0/0. 9 2/1. 5 0/1. 5 111. 2 0/1. 3

15 7/6. 4 4/6. 2 8/9. 6 5/8. 9 10/8. 6 5/7. 9

16 15/12. 8 5110. 0 13/17. 0 11112. 9 15/16. 2 lIIl1. 4

17 16/11. 9 719. 0 15116. 7 8/12. 6 10/16. 9 11112. 2

18 13/13. 3 9112. 7 13/12. 9 17116. 9 11112. 3 17/14. 6

19 13110. 7 11112. 3 10/8. 2 15114. 2 5/8. 9 16/12. 3

C. Experiment and method validation Pij =rp·Pij+(1-rp)·qi'rp=rand(O,l) (3)
Experiments are carried out to get the deformation data of
three 220kV oil-immersed tanks under both positive pressure X
Ij -
= pIj.. +a·1 Mbest.} - x
I·ln(l/ u) (4)
and negative pressure. For each tank, 19 displacement sensors where Mbes! is the mean best position among the particles, <p is
are fixed to the points shown in Fig. 1. a random number distributed uniformly on [0,1], a is a
Two sets of experimental data are used to fix the spring parameter of QPSO called Contraction-Expansion Coefficient.
stiffness. Adjust the spring stiffness to minimize the mean The algorithm would be convergence if a<1.781[8]. Xi , Pi
square error (as formula 1) between computation displacement and Pbest denote the position of the particles, the history best
and experimental displacement. The best set of calculated position of each particle and the best position of all particles.
stiffness is shown in table I. T

19 XI =[X/PXI2"",XiD] ,i=1,2,...N (5)

f �)(ai -by /19] (1)
P; = [PIP Pi2' ..., PiD r

i=! (6)
Table I
SPRINGS' STIFFNESS �esl =[QpQ2,·..,QDf (7)
The tank ribs optimization routine is described as follows:
5.30e6 6.40e7 5.91e8 9.37e8 3.12e9
(1) Each particle represents a solution of tank rib design.
To validate the spring stiffness, the third experimental set of
Initialize an array of particles with random position inside the
data is used to be compared with the computation results of the
problem space. Initialize the mean best position, population
3D-FEM mechanical property analysis routine with the fixed
size, particle dimension and the stop criterion (iteration times).
springs' stiffness. The comparisons show that, the mean square
(2) Based on the FEM routine developed in this paper,
error of 19 points' displacement between calculation results
calculate the displacement under the load of air pressure, and
and experimental results are less than 2.7mm. The tanks'
keep the information of displacement and Mise stress;
structure parameters are shown in table II. The experimental
(3) Evaluate the fitness of each particle, update the
data and computerized data are shown in table III. The three
matrixes X, P and Pbest, generate the new particle generation;
tanks are denoted as tank A, B and C.
(4) Loop until the stop criterion is met and output the
The tank mechanical property analysis software (TMA)
solution Pbes!' Usually the stop criterion could be a sufficiently
developed by the proposed method is already applied in a
good fitness or a maximum number of iterations, the latter is
transformer manufacturing factory. It is also used to optimize
adopted in this paper.
the tank design presented in section III.
A certain type of tank used in a transformer factory is
optimized with the proposed optimization technique. The
comparisons of the original rib design and the optimized rib
In this paper, the aim of transformer tank design design is shown in table II. Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 shows the
optimization is to fmd the lowest cost solution of structural displacement and Mises stress of the tank under positive
parameters of ribs, constrained to tank industrial standards. pressure of 1.01e5 Pa. There is a 31.7 % reduction of ribs
Since different structure parameters of tanks, labor costs mass, while the displacement and Mises stress meet the
remain almost the same. So objective function can be the mechanical constraints of industrial standards.
minimization of ribs material cost, denoted as j{x t , Xb ..., xn). Table II
Variables consist of structure parameters of rib number, COMPARISONS OF ORIGINAL RIBS AND OPTIMIZED RIBS
thickness, height, Structure Parameters Original value Optimized value
Constrains consist of displacement constrain and strength Width 200mm 220mm
constrain under the load of 1.01e5Pa: the maximum Ribs Height 125mm II0mm
displacement d(x\, Xb ..., xu) and the Mises stress o(x\, Xb ... , (Long edge 1 Thickness 8mm 8mm
xu) must be less than the value defmed by industrial standards. short edge ) Interval 480 / 510 mm 600 / 660 mm

In 2004, Sun et a1. Introduced quantum theory into PSO and Number 9/3 7/2

propose a quantum-behaved PSO (QPSO) algorithm, which

can be guaranteed theoretically to find the optimal solution in IV. CONCLUSION
search space[7]. Quantum-behaved particle swarm In this paper, a power transformer tank design optimization
optimization (QPSO) algorithm is proved to be a global method is proposed, based on an accurate tank mechanical
convergence guaranteed algorithm. The parameter number of property analysis method. The calculation precision of the tank
QPSO is less than PSO while the search ability of QPSO is mechanical property analysis method is presented by the
much better. The only control parameter of QPSO is the comparison of the calculated results and experimental results.
Contraction Expansion Coefficient a . The efficiency of the tank design optimization method is

In QPSO, the particles move according to the following presented by the calculation cases. Some suggestions are

control equation: provided for tank manufacturing factories. The technique
1 N 1 N 1 N (2) proposed can be used to any kinds of transformer tank.
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