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S ST TU UD DY Y A AN ND D D DE ES SI IG GN N O OF F P PO OW WE ER R T TR RA AN NS SF FO OR RM ME ER R
U UN ND DE ER R S SH HO OR RT T C CI IR RC CU UI IT T C CO ON ND DI IT TI IO ON NS S
Submitted by:
MANGESH DILIP ALEKAL (D050302)
GAURAV SANJIV DEWAL (D050309)
KSHITEESH VINAYAK KANEGAONKAR (D050320)
OMKAR DEEPAK LIMAYE (D050330)
KEDAR NANDAN RAJE (D050347)
Programme: B. Tech (Electrical Engineering)
Year: 200809
Guided by:
Dr. M. S. PANSE
Department of Electrical Engineering
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute
(Autonomous Institute Affiliated to the University of Mumbai)
Mumbai 400019
Statement by the Candidates
We wish to state that work embodied in this report titled “Study and Design of
Power Transformer under Short Circuit Conditions” forms the Group's
contribution to the work carried out under the guidance of Dr M. S. PANSE at
the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute. This work has not been
submitted for any other Degree or Diploma of any University/Institute.
Wherever references have been made to previous works of others, it has been
clearly indicated.
Name of Candidates Signature
MANGESH DILIP ALEKAL _____________________
GAURAV SANJIV DEWAL _____________________
KSHITEESH VINAYAK KANEGAONKAR _____________________
OMKAR DEEPAK LIMAYE _____________________
KEDAR NANDAN RAJE _____________________
CERTIFICATE
This is to certify that the following students:
MANGESH DILIP ALEKAL (D050302)
GAURAV SANJIV DEWAL (D050309)
KSHITEESH VINAYAK KANEGAONKAR (D050320)
OMKAR DEEPAK LIMAYE (D050330)
KEDAR NANDAN RAJE (D050347)
have completed satisfactorily, the dissertation entitled “Study and Design of
Power Transformer under ShortCircuit Conditions” towards partial
fulfillment of the degree of Bachelor of Technology at the Veermata Jijabai
Technological Institute.
Prof. M. S. Panse Dr. B. K. Lande
Project Guide Head of Electrical Engg. Dept.
V.J.T.I., Mumbai19
CERTIFICATE
The dissertation entitled 'Study and Design of Power Transformer under Short
Circuit Conditions' submitted by the following students:
MANGESH DILIP ALEKAL (D050302)
GAURAV SANJIV DEWAL (D050309)
KSHITEESH VINAYAK KANEGAONKAR (D050320)
OMKAR DEEPAK LIMAYE (D050330)
KEDAR NANDAN RAJE (D050347)
is found to be satisfactory and is approved for the degree of B.Tech. (Electrical
Engineering) of the University of Mumbai.
Guide Examiner
(Dr. M. S. Panse)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We, the aforementioned, from B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) take great
pleasure in presenting in presenting this report titled 'Study and Design of
Power Transformer under ShortCircuit conditions'. We would like to take
this opportunity to thank Dr. B.K. Lande, Head of the Department of Electrical
Engineering, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, who permitted us to
undertake this project.
We would like to convey our deepest appreciation for Dr. M. S. Panse from
the Electrical Engineering Department, whose continued support and motivation,
has allowed us to express ourselves and helped us to complete this project within
the stipulated time. We would like to thank all the college officials for their co
operation.
A special vote of thanks goes out to Mr. Shekhar Vora, from Crompton
Greaves Ltd., whose excellent guidance and valuable inputs, helped make this
project a reality.
We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to all the people, who
have directly or indirectly, influenced the completion of this project.
CHAPTER 1 ..................................................................................................................... 1
INTRODUCTION
(1)
.................................................................................................... 2
CHAPTER 2 ..................................................................................................................... 2
CONSTRUCTION OF TRANSFORMER ................................................................... 4
2.1 WINDINGS ........................................................................................................ 6
2.2 NEED FOR CALCULATION OF TRANSFORMER IMPEDANCE ............ 11
2.3 IMPEDANCE CALCULATION ...................................................................... 12
2.4 RADIAL FORCES
(2, 3)
.................................................................................... 18
2.5 AXIAL FORCES
(5)
.......................................................................................... 27
2.6 EFFECT OF PRESTRESS
(14, 15,16)
................................................................... 36
2.7 STRESSES IN FLITCH PLATES AND FRAMES ......................................... 37
CHAPTER 3 ................................................................................................................... 38
TRANSFORMER DESIGN PROCEDURE .............................................................. 38
3.1 DIFFERENT PARAMETERS CONSIDERED IN TRANSFORMER
DESIGN
(17)
............................................................................................................. 38
CHAPTER 4 ................................................................................................................... 55
DESIGNED TRANSFORMER .................................................................................. 55
4.1 PROBLEM STATEMENT ............................................................................... 55
4.2 PARAMETERS OF DESIGNED TRANSFORMER ...................................... 56
REFERENCES ............................................................................................................... 76
ABSTRACT
The project deals with the study of the practical power transformer as used in
transformer industries and its design to successfully withstand severe short circuit
conditions.
Highlighting the basics of a power transformer (like emf equation, windings, core), we
designed a practical transformer using design specifications provided to us by
Crompton Greaves Ltd. like MVA rating of transformer, core diameter, % impedance
restrictions, core and copper loss limits, constraint on the price of the transformer.
After having successfully designed a power transformer according to the given
specifications and meeting the loss, impedance and price constraints, we proceeded to
analyzing the short circuit withstand capacity of the designed transformer.
The short circuit analysis involves calculation of first peak of short circuit current,
calculation of radial and axial stresses on the windings and on the insulation blocks
placed in between windings.
The radial and axial stresses calculated were found to be well within the stipulated
limits given in the design problem and hence, we conclude that our transformer has
been successfully passed to withstand short circuit conditions.
CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION (1)
In the recent development of the power systems, increase in the power plant
capacity has been a major achievement in the power industry. This power is transmitted
at a voltage which is much higher than the generated voltage as the power loss at high
voltage and low current is lesser than that at low voltage and high current. Hence, it is
necessary to step up the voltage level of the generated voltage to a much higher value
for transmission purposes in order to avoid extensive power loss. For this purpose,
power transformers are widely used in the industry.
Addition of more generating capacity and interconnections in the power systems
have contributed to an increase in the short circuit capacity of networks, making the
short circuit duty of power transformers more severe. Failure of transformers due to
short circuits is an area of major concern for transformer manufacturers and consumers.
There are continuous efforts by manufacturers and consumers to improve the short
circuit withstand performance of transformers.
The short circuit strength of a power transformer enables it to survive through
fault currents due to external short circuits in a power system network. An inadequate
strength may lead to a mechanical collapse of windings, deformation/damage to
clamping structures, or an electrical fault in the transformer itself. The internal faults
initiated by the external short circuits are dangerous as they may involve blowout of
bushings, fire hazards and may eventually lead to bursting of the entire transformer
structure.
In recent short circuit tests on power transformers greater than 100 MVA, it has
been seen that increase of short circuit inductance beyond 1% has caused significant
deformation in windings. A much stricter control on the variations in materials and
manufacturing processes will have to be exercised to avoid looseness and winding
movements. Hence, the causes of internal shortcircuits in the transformer are inherently
related to the design parameters of the transformer.
Thus, it is always desirable to design a transformer for normal working
conditions and then make variations to it in order to account for the forces developed on
transformer winding during shortcircuit condition.
CHAPTER 2
CONSTRUCTION OF TRANSFORMER
A transformer is a static device that transfers electrical energy from one circuit to
another by electromagnetic induction without change in frequency.
A part of a core, which is surrounded by windings, is called a limb or leg. Remaining
part of the core, which is not surrounded by windings, but is essential for completing
the path of flux, is called as yoke. This type of construction (termed as core type) is
more common and has the following distinct advantages: viz. construction is simpler,
cooling is better and repair is easy.
Fig 2.1
Core type transformer
Shelltype construction, in which a cross section of windings in the plane of core is
surrounded by limbs and yokes, is also used. It has the advantage that one can use
sandwich construction of LV and HV windings to get very low impedance, if desired,
which is not easily possible in the coretype construction.
Fig 2.2
Shell type transformer
The core construction mainly depends on technical specifications, manufacturing
limitations, and transport considerations. It is economical to have all the windings of
three phases in one core frame. A threephase transformer is cheaper (by about 20 to
25%) than three singlephase transformers connected in a bank. But from the spare unit
consideration, users find it more economical to buy four singlephase transformers as
compared to two threephase transformers. Also, if the threephase rating is too large to
be manufactured in transformer works (weights and dimensions exceeding the
manufacturing capability) and transported, there is no option but to manufacture and
supply singlephase units.
2.1 WINDINGS
The transformer consists of two coils called „windings‟ which are wrapped around a
core. The transformer operates when a source of ac voltage is connected to one of the
windings and a load device is connected to the other. The winding that is connected to
the source is called the „primary winding‟. The winding that is connected to the load is
called the „secondary winding‟.
The conducting material used for the windings depends upon the application, but in all
cases the individual turns must be electrically insulated from each other to ensure that
the current travels throughout every turn.
The insulation system must be designed to withstand the effects of lightning strikes and
switching surges to which the transformer is subjected, in addition to the normal
operating voltages. A further requirement of the insulation system is that it must
withstand the environmental conditions to which it is exposed, such as moisture, dust
etc. A variety of techniques and materials are employed to achieve the necessary
performance characteristics of the insulation system.
2.1.1 LAYER WINDING
(a) (b)
Fig 2.3
a) Cross section of layer winding b) Transformer with layer wound coils
For low voltage, i.e. 600 Volt class windings, the winding technique used almost
exclusively is the layer winding technique, also sometimes called helical winding or
barrel winding. In this technique, the turns required for the winding are wound in one or
more concentric layers connected in series, with the turns of each layer being wound
side by side along the axial length of the coil until the layer is full. The conductors of
the winding are insulated and so between turns there will be a minimum of two
thicknesses of insulation. Between each pair of layers there will be layers of insulation
material and/or an air duct.
Low voltage windings will generally be wound top to bottom, bottom to top etc. using a
continuous conductor, until all layers are complete. High voltage windings, i.e. above
600 Volt class, may be wound in the same way, provided the voltage between layers is
not too great. To reduce the voltage stress between layers, high voltage windings are
often wound in only one direction, for example, top to bottom. When the first layer of
winding is complete, the winding conductor is laid across the completed layer from
bottom to top and then the next layer is wound, again from top to bottom. In this way,
the voltage stress between layers is halved. The conductor must, of course, have
additional insulation where it crosses the winding from bottom to top.
2.1.1.1 CHARACTERISTICS OF LAYER WOUND COILS
As stated previously, the layer wound coil requires insulation between layers, in
addition to the conductor insulation. The thickness of insulation required will depend
upon the voltage stress between layers, and comprises one or more thicknesses of the
appropriate insulation material. In practice, due to the nature of the construction of a
layer wound coil, the finished coil will have several unavoidable small air pockets
between turns and between layers. Many of these air pockets will become filled with
resin during vacuum pressure impregnation of the coil. However, it sometimes happens
that some air pockets remain and it is in these air pockets that partial discharges can
occur, greatly increasing the possibility of premature aging of the insulation and
eventual failure. Under short circuit conditions, the electromagnetic forces developed
cause transformer windings to attempt to telescope. At the same time the coil end
blocking is trying to prevent movement. The result is often that the turns of the winding
have a tendency to slip over one another, causing turnto turn failure, due to abrasion of
the insulation as the turns rub together. A further disadvantage of the layer wound coil
is its poor impulse voltage distribution between the first few turns of the winding, due to
the high ground capacitance and the low series capacitance. A transformer winding
forms a complex network of resistance, inductance and capacitance. As far as the
impulse voltage distribution is concerned, the resistance can be ignored and at the
instant of application of the impulse wave, when very high frequencies are predominant,
the inductive elements become effectively infinite impedances. The whole structure
therefore reduces to a capacitive network. Each turn of a transformer winding is
insulated with a dielectric material and can be thought of as one plate of a multiple plate
capacitor. In addition, the combination of dielectric material and air between each turn
and ground forms further capacitive elements.
2.1.2 DISC WINDING
(a) (b)
Fig 2.4
a) Cross section of disc winding b) Transformer with disc winding
In the disc winding, the required number of turns is wound in a number of horizontal
discs spaced along the axial length of the coil. The conductor is usually rectangular in
crosssection and the turns are wound in a radial direction, one on top of the other i.e.
one turn per layer, until the required number of turns per disc has been wound. The
conductor is then moved to the next disc and the process repeated until all turns have
been wound. There is an air space, or duct, between each pair of discs. The disc winding
requires insulation only on the conductor itself, no additional insulation is required
between layers, as in the layer winding.
The disc wound high voltage winding is usually wound in two halves, in order that the
required voltage adjustment taps may be positioned at the electrical center of the
winding. In this way the magnetic or effective length of the winding is maintained,
irrespective of which tap is used, and therefore the magnetic balance between primary
and secondary windings is always close to its optimum. This is essential to maintain the
short circuit strength of the winding, and reduces the axial electromagnetic forces which
arise when the windings are not perfectly balanced.
2.1.2.1 CHARACTERISTICS OF DISC WOUND COILS
The major advantage of the disc wound coil lies in its open construction and relative
lack of insulation. For a 15kV class transformer employing a disc wound primary
winding, the number of discs will typically be in the range 36 to 48, resulting in a
relatively low voltage per disc. Since each disc is separated from the next by an air
space, the voltage stress between discs can easily be handled by the combination of
conductor insulation and air, no additional insulation being necessary. Each disc
comprises a number of turns with each turn occupying one layer, i.e. one turn per layer:
the voltage stress between layers is therefore the same as the voltage stress between
turns and again, can easily be handled by the conductor insulation. The turns of each
disc, being wound tightly together provide almost no possibility of air pockets being
present within the disc. Due to the open construction of the discs, any small air pockets
which may be present are readily filled with resin during vacuum pressure impregnation
of the coil. A properly designed and manufactured drytype transformer disc winding
therefore displays very low values of partial discharge, typically in the range of 10 to
20 Pico coulombs. Unlike the layer wound coil, the disc wound coil provides good
impulse voltage distribution, due to its inherently low value of ground capacitance and
high series capacitance. The disc wound coil also displays excellent short circuit
strength. Each disc by itself is mechanically very strong and the complete assembly of
discs is held very securely in place. While the electromagnetic forces resulting from a
short circuit result in tendency, for the windings to telescope, high voltage turns usually
remain intact relative to each other. Instead, the complete disc has a tendency to distort
as assembly, with all the turns distorting by same amount. The transformer can often
continue to function, despite the distortion, until a convenient time arises for repair.
2.2 NEED FOR CALCULATION OF TRANSFORMER IMPEDANCE
There are basically two types of forces in windings: axial and radial electromagnetic
forces produced by radial and axial leakage fields respectively. The average stress on
windings due to the radial electromagnetic forces acting on them is given below.
For a copper conductor,
avg
o = 0.48 × 10
4 ÷
× (k 2 )
2
×
2
pu W
R
Z H
P
kg / cm
2
……………………………… (2.1)
where,
Z
pu
= Perunit impedance of the transformer
H
w
= Height of winding in meters
P
R
= Copper loss per phase in transformer
k = asymmetry factor
For an aluminium conductor,
avg
o = 0.29 × 10
4 ÷
× (k 2 )
2
×
2
pu W
R
Z H
P
kg / cm
2
……………………………... (2.2)
Now, the total axial compressive force acting on the windings is given by the
expression,
F
a
=
f H Z
S
w pu
× ×
× 8 . 50
kg…………………………………………………………… (2.3)
where,
f = Frequency in kHz
S = Rated power per limb in kVA
Hence, we can see that both force components on the winding are dependent on the
impedance of the transformer. Thus, we shall perform the calculation of transformer
impedance in detail.
2.3 IMPEDANCE CALCULATION
For a power transformer, the ratio of reactance to resistance is greater than 20.
So its impedance is generally taken as equal to its reactance. Its per unit value can be
calculated as follows:
For uniformly distributed ampereturns along LV & HV windings with equal
heights, the leakage flux is predominantly axial except at winding ends, where there‟s
fringing. This is because leakage flux finds a shorter path to return via limb or yoke.
Hence the equivalent height (H
eq
) can be obtained by dividing winding height (H
w
) by
Rogowski factor K
R
, which is less than one.
Fig 2.5
H
eq
= H
w
/ K
R………………………………………………………………………………………………………...
(2.4)
The leakage magneto motive force (mmf) distribution across the cross section of
windings is of trapezoidal form. The mmf at any point depends on the ampereturns
enclosed by a flux contour at that point; it increases linearly with the ampereturns from
a value of zero at the inside diameter of LV winding to the maximum value of one per
unit (total ampereturns of LV or HV winding) at the outside diameter. In the gap
between LV and HV windings, since flux contour at any point encloses full LV (or HV)
ampereturns, the mmf is of constant value. The mmf starts reducing linearly from the
maximum value at the inside diameter of the HV winding and approaches zero at its
outside diameter. The core is assumed to have infinite permeability requiring no
magnetizing mmf, and hence the primary and secondary mmfs exactly balance each
other. The flux density distribution is of the same form as that of the mmf distribution.
Since the core is assumed to have zero reluctance, no mmf is expended in the return
path through it for any contour of flux.
(a) Flux Tube
(b) MMF Diagram
Fig 2.6
Hence, for a closed contour of flux at a distance x from the inside diameter of LV
winding, it can be written that
(
0
µ
x
B
) H
eq
= (NI)
x
…………………………………………………………. ……. (2.5)
i.e.
B
x
=
eq
x
H
NI ) (
0
µ
…………………………………………………………………... (2.6)
For deriving the formula for reactance, let us derive a general expression for the flux
linkages of a flux tube having radial depth R and height Heq. The ampereturns
enclosed by a flux contour at the inside diameter (ID) and outside diameter (OD) of this
flux tube are a(NI) and b(NI) respectively.
B
x
=
eq
H
0
µ
[ { a +
R
a b ) ( ÷
x }NI ] ………………………………………………... (2.7)
The flux linkages of an incremental flux tube of width dx placed at x are
d¢ = N
x

x
= N
x
B
x
A ………………………………………………………….. (2.8)
where,
A is the area of flux tube given by
A = t (ID + 2x) dx …………………………………………………………....... (2.9)
d¢ = [ { a +
R
a b ) ( ÷
x }N ] [
eq
H
0
µ
[ { a +
R
a b ) ( ÷
x }NI ]]
[t (ID + 2x) dx] …………………………………………………… (2.10)
Hence the total flux linkages of the flux tube are given by
¢ =
}
R
d
0
¢ =
eq
H
I N
2
0
t µ
}
R
0
{ a +
R
a b ) ( ÷
x }
2
( ID + 2x ) dx …………………… (2.11)
¢ =
eq
H
I N
2
0
t µ
3
R
[ ( a
2
+ ab + b
2
) ID +
2
3 ) (
2 2
R b ab a + +

2
2
2
ab a +
R ]………..(2.12)
The last term in square bracket can be neglected without introducing an appreciable
error to arrive at a simple formula for the regular design use.
¢ =
eq
H
I N
2
0
t µ
3
R
( a
2
+ ab + b
2
) [ID + 1.5 R]……………………………………(2.13)
The last term [ID + can be taken to be approximately equal to the mean diameter
(Dm) of the flux tube (for large diameters of windings/gaps with comparatively lower
values of their radial depths).
¢ =
eq
H
I N
2
0
t µ
3
R
( a
2
+ ab + b
2
) D
m
……………………………………………..(2.14)
Now let,
ATD =
3
R
( a
2
+ ab + b
2
) D
m
………………………………………………….....(2.15)
which corresponds to the area of AmpereTurn Diagram.
The leakage inductance of a transformer with n flux tubes can now be given as
L =
I
n
k
¿
=1
¢
=
eq
H
N
2
0
t µ
¿
=
n
k
ATD
1
…………………………………………………. (2.16)
And the corresponding expression for the leakage reactance X is given by
X = 2t f
eq
H
N
2
0
t µ
¿
=
n
k
ATD
1
.………………………………………………….......... (2.17)
For the base impedance Z
b
the formula for percentage leakage reactance is
% X =
b
Z
X
=
V
IX
× 100 = 2t f
V H
IN
eq
2
0
t µ
¿
=
n
k
ATD
1
× 100…………………………... (2.18)
= 2t f
) / (
) (
0
N V H
NI
eq
t µ
¿
=
n
k
ATD
1
× 100……………………… (2.19)
where,
V is rated voltage and
(V/N) is volts/turn of the transformer.
Substituting µ
0
=4 π×107 and adjusting constants so that the dimensions used in the
formula are in units of centimeters (H
eq
in cm and Σ ATD in cm
2
),
% X = 2.48 × 10
5 ÷
f
) / (
) (
Turn Volts H
s AmpereTurn
eq
¿
=
n
k
ATD
1
………………………………… (2.20)
After having derived the general formula, we will now apply it for a simple case of a
two winding transformer. The constants a and b have the values of 0 and 1 for LV, 1
and 1 for gap, and 1 and 0 for HV respectively. If
2 , 1
D D and
g
D are the mean diameters
and
2 , 1
T T and
g
T are the radial depths of LV, gap and HV respectively, using equation
3.12 we get
¿
ATD =
3
1
( T
1
×D
1
) + ( T
g
× D
g
) +
3
1
( T
2
× D
2
)………………………….. (2.21)
The value of H
eq
is calculated by equation 2.4, for which the Rogowski factor K
R
is
given by
) (
1
1
2 1
)
2 1
(
T T T
H
e
K
g
w
T
g
T T
w
H
R
+ +
÷
÷ =
+ +
÷
t
t
………………………………………………… (2.22)
For taking into account the effect of core, a more accurate but complex expression for
K
R
can be used. For most of the cases, equation 2.22 gives sufficiently accurate results.
2.4 RADIAL FORCES (2, 3)
 The radial forces produced by the axial leakage field act outwards on the outer
winding tending to stretch the winding conductor, producing a tensile stress (also
called as hoop stress)
 The inner winding experiences radial forces acting inwards tending to collapse or
crush it, producing a compressive stress.
 Due to the fringing of the leakage field at the ends of the windings, the axial
component of the field reduces resulting into smaller radial forces in these regions.
For deriving a simple formula for the radial force in a winding, the fringing of the field
is neglected; the approximation is justified because the maximum value of the radial
force is important which occurs in the major middle portion of the winding.
Let us consider an outer winding, which is subjected to hoop stresses. The value of the
leakage field increases from zero at the outside diameter to a maximum at the inside
diameter (at the gap between the two windings). The peak value of flux density in the
gap is
w
gp
H
NI
B
0
2µ
= …………………………………………………………………. (2.23)
where,
NI is the r.m.s. value of winding ampereturns
H
w
is winding height in meters.
The whole winding is in the average value of flux density of half the gap value. The
total radial force acting on the winding having a mean diameter of D
m
(in meters) can be
calculated by
( )
....(2.25) .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... newton
2.24) .........( .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 2
2
2
1
2
0
0
m
w
r
m
w
r
D
H
NI
F
D NI
H
NI
F
t
µ
t
µ
× =
× ×
(
(
¸
(
¸
=
For the outer winding, the conductors close to gap (at the inside diameter) experience
higher forces as compared to those near the outside diameter (force reduces linearly
from a maximum value at the gap to zero at the outside diameter).
The force can be considered to be transferred from conductors with high load (force) to
those with low load if the conductors are wound tightly
Hence, averaging of the force value over the radial depth of the winding as done in the
above equation is justified since the winding conductors share the load almost
uniformly.
If the curvature is taken into account by the process of integration across the winding
radial depth the mean diameter of the winding in the above equation should be replaced
by its inside diameter plus twothirds of the radial depth.
2.4.1 CALCULATION OF RADIAL STRESSES (4, 5)
Fig 2.7
The average hoop stress for the outer winding is calculated as for a cylindrical boiler
shell shown in figure. The transverse force F acting on two halves of the winding is
equivalent to pressure on the diameter, hence it will be given by π D
m
replaced by D
m
in
the above equation.
If the crosssectional area of turn is A
t
(in m
2
), the average hoop stress in the winding is
( )
(2.27) ........ .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........
2
(2.26) ..... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........
2 (
2
0
2
0
t
m
w
avg
t w
m
avg
A
N D p
H p
I
A N H
D NI
t
t
µ
o
µ
o
× =
× ×
=
Let I
r
be the rated r.m.s. current and Z
pu
be the perunit impedance of a transformer.
Under the short circuit condition, the r.m.s. value of current in the winding is equal to
(I
r
/Z
pu
). To take into account the asymmetry, this current value is multiplied by the
asymmetry factor k. If we denote copper loss per phase by P
R
, the expression for σ
avg
under the short circuit condition is
( )
( )
( )
(2.29) N/m
2
2 2
(2.28)
2
2
2
2
2
0
2
2 2
0
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . × =
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . × × =
pu
R
w
avg
t
m
pu
r
w
avg
Z
k P
H p
A
N D p
Z
k I
H p
t
µ
o
t
t
µ
o
Substituting the values of μ
0
(=4π×10
7
) and ρ (resistivity of copper at 75° = 0.0211×10

6
), we finally get
( )
2
2
2
N/m 2 74 . 4
pu w
R
avg
Z H
P
k = o ………………………………………….. (2.30)
where,
P
R
is in watts and
H
w
in meters.
It is to be noted that the term P
R
is only the DC I
2
R loss (without having any component
of stray loss) of the winding per phase at 75°C. Hence, with very little and basic
information of the design, the average value of hoop stress can be easily calculated.
The previous value of average stress can be assumed to be applicable for an entire
tightly wound disc winding without much error. This is because of the fact that although
the stress is higher for the inner conductors of the outer winding, these conductors
cannot elongate without stressing the outer conductors. This results in a near uniform
hoop stress distribution over the entire winding.
In layer/helical windings having two or more layers, the layers do not firmly support
each other and there is no transfer of load between them. Hence, the hoop stress is
highest for the innermost layer and it decreases towards the outer layers. For a double
layer winding, the average stress in the layer near the gap is 1.5 times higher than the
average stress for the two layers considered together.
Generalizing, if there are L layers, the average stress in k
th
layer (from gap) is [2 ((2k
1)/L)] times the average stress of all the layers considered together.
For an inner winding subjected to radial forces acting inwards, the average stress can be
calculated by the same formulae as above for the outer winding. However, since the
inner winding can either fail by collapsing or due to bending between the supports, the
compressive stresses of the inner winding are not the simple equivalents of the hoop
stresses of the outer winding.
Thus, the inner winding design considerations are quite different, and these aspects
along with the failure modes are discussed in the further sections.
2.4.2 FAILURE MODES DUE TO RADIAL FORCES
The failure modes of windings are quite different for inward and outward radial forces.
Winding conductors subjected to outward forces experience the tensile (hoop) stresses.
The compressive stresses are developed in conductors of a winding subjected to the
inward forces. In concentric windings, the strength of outer windings subjected to the
outward forces depends on the tensile strength of the conductor; on the contrary the
strength of inner windings subjected to the inward forces depends on the support
structure provided. The radial collapse of the inner windings is common, whereas the
outward bursting of the outer windings usually does not take place.
2.4.2.1 WINDING SUBJECTED TO TENSILE STRESSES (5, 8, 9, 10, 11)
If a winding is tightly wound, the conductors in the radial direction in a disc winding or
in any layer of a multilayer winding can be assumed to have a uniform tensile stress.
Since most of the space in the radial direction is occupied with copper (except for the
small paper covering on the conductors), the ratio of stiffness to mass is high. As
mentioned earlier, the natural frequency is much higher than the exciting frequencies,
and hence chances of resonance are remote.
Under a stretched condition, if the stress exceeds the yield strength of the conductor, a
failure occurs. The conductor insulation may get damaged or there could be local
bulging of the winding. The conductor may even break due to improper joints. The
chances of failure of windings subjected to the tensile hoop stresses are unlikely if a
conductor with a certain minimum 0.2% proof strength is used. The 0.2% proof stress
can be defined as that stress value which produces a permanent strain of 0.2% (2 mm in
1000 mm). One of the common ways to increase the strength is the use of work
hardened conductor; the hardness should not be very high since there could be difficulty
in winding operation with such a hard conductor. A lower value of current density is
also used to improve the withstand characteristics.
2.4.2.2 WINDINGS SUBJECTED TO COMPRESSIVE STRESSES (5, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Conductors of inner windings, which are subjected to the radial compressive load, may
fail due to bending between supports or buckling. The former case is applicable when
the inner winding is firmly supported by the axially placed supporting spacers (strips),
and the supporting structure as a whole has higher stiffness than conductors (e.g., if the
spacers are supported by the core structure) as shown in figure (a).
Fig 2.8
The latter case of buckling, termed as free buckling, is essentially an unsupported
buckling mode, in which the span of the conductor buckle bears no relation to the span
of axial supporting spacers as shown in figure (b). This kind of failure occurs mostly
with thin winding cylinders, where conductor has higher stiffness as compared to that of
inner cylinders and/or the cylinders (and the axial spacers) are not firmly supported
from inside. The conductors bulge inwards as well as outwards at one or more locations
along the circumference. There are many factors which may lead to the buckling
phenomenon, viz. winding looseness, inferior material characteristics, eccentricities in
windings, lower stiffness of supporting structures as compared to the conductor, etc.
The buckling can be viewed as a sequential chain of failures, initiated at the outermost
conductor of the inner winding and moving towards the innermost conductor facing the
core. The number of winding supports should be adequate for giving the necessary
strength to the winding against the radial forces. When the supporting structures are in
direct contact with the core, a winding can be taken as very rigidly supported. On the
contrary, if there is no direct contact (fully or partly) with the core, the winding is only
supported by the insulating cylinder made of mostly the pressboard material thereby
reducing the effective stiffness of the support structure and increasing the chances of
failure. The supports provided are effective only when the support structure as a whole
is in firm contact with the core.
A winding conductor subjected to the inward radial forces is usually modeled as a
circular loop under a uniformly distributed radial load. The critical load per unit length
of the winding conductor is given by,
] 4 [
12
2
2
3
3
÷ =
s
m
r
N
wt
D
E
f ………………………………………………………… (2.31)
where,
E is modulus of elasticity of conductor material,
N
s
is total number of axially placed supports (spacers),
w is width of conductor,
t is thickness of conductor and
Dm is mean diameter of winding
The compressive stress on the inner winding conductor is given as,
A
D f
m r
avg
2
= o …………………………………………………............................ (2.32)
where,
A is area of conductor (=w t)
Substituting the value of f
r
, we get,
(
¸
(
¸
÷


.

\

=
2
2
2
4
12
s
s
m
s
avg
N
N
D
tN E
o ………………………………………………… (2.33)
For N
s
>>1, the expression for the minimum number of supports to be provided is,
E t
D
N
avg
m
s
o 12
= …………………………………………………............... (2.34)
The term σ
avg
is the average value of the compressive stress (in an entire disc winding or
in a layer of a multilayer winding)
2.5 AXIAL FORCES (5)
For a uniform ampereturn distribution in windings with equal heights (ideal
conditions), the axial forces due to the radial leakage field at the winding ends are
directed towards the winding center as shown.
Fig 2.9
Although, there is higher local force per unit length at the winding ends, the cumulative
compressive force is maximum at the center of windings. Thus, both the inner and outer
windings experience compressive forces with no end thrust on the clamping structures
(under ideal conditions).
The inner winding being closer to the limb, by virtue of higher radial flux, experiences
higher compressive force as compared to the outer winding.
It can be assumed that 25 to 33% of force is taken by the outer winding, and the
remaining 75 to 67% is taken by the inner winding.
2.5.1 CALCULATION OF AXIAL FORCES (6)
For an asymmetry factor of 1.8, the total axial compressive force acting on the inner and
outer windings taken together is given by
conditions ideal ... kg
8 . 50
f H Z
S
F
w pu
a
× ×
×
= …………………………………….. (2.35)
where,
S is rated power per limb in kVA
H
w
is winding height in meters
Z
pu
is perunit impedance, and
f is frequency in Hz.
Once the total axial force for each winding is calculated, the compressive stress in the
supporting radial spacers (blocks) can be calculated by dividing the compressive force
by the total area of radial spacers. The stress should be less than a certain limit, which
depends on the material of the spacer.
2.5.2 REASONS FOR HIGH VALUE OF AXIAL FORCES (7)
The reasons for a higher value of radial field and consequent axial forces are:
 Mismatch of ampereturn distribution between LV and HV windings,
 Tapping in the winding,
 Unaccounted shrinkage of insulation during drying and impregnation processes, etc.
When the windings are not placed symmetrically with respect to the centerline as
shown, the resulting axial forces are in such a direction that the asymmetry and the end
thrusts on the clamping structures increase further.
Fig 2.10
It is well known that even a small axial displacement of windings or misalignment of
magnetic centers of windings can eventually cause enormous axial forces leading to
failure of transformers.
Hence, strict sizing/ dimension control is required during processing and assembling of
windings so that the windings get symmetrically placed.
2.5.3 FAILURE MODES DUE TO AXIAL FORCES (5)
There are various types of failures under the action of axial compressive forces:
If a layer winding is not wound tightly, some conductors may just axially pass over the
adjacent conductors, which may damage the conductor insulation leading eventually
into a turntoturn fault. In another mode of failure, if a winding is set into vibration
under the action of axial forces, the conductor insulation may get damaged due to a
relative movement between the winding and axially placed insulation spacers.
High axial end thrusts could lead to deformations of the end clamping structures and
windings. The end clamping structures play the most important role in resisting axial
forces during short circuits. They have to maintain an effective pressure on the
windings, applied usually on the clamping ring made of stiff insulating material (pre
compressed board or densified wood). The type of insulation material used for the
clamping ring depends on the dielectric stress in the end insulation region of windings.
The densified wood material is used for lower stresses and precompressed board, being
a better grade dielectrically, is used for higher stresses and for complying stringent
partial discharge requirements.
When a clamping ring made of an insulating material is reinforced by the fiberglass
material, an extra strength is provided. Some manufacturers use clamping rings made of
steel material. The thickness of metallic clamping rings is smaller than that made from
the insulating material. The metallic ring has to be properly grounded with a cut so that
it does not form a shortcircuited turn around the limb. The sharp edges of the metallic
ring should be rounded off and covered with a suitable insulation.
In addition to above types of failures due to the axial forces, there are two principal
types of failures, viz. bending between radial spacers and tilting.
2.5.3.1 BENDING BETWEEN RADIAL SPACERS
Under the action of axial forces, the winding conductor can bend between the radially
placed insulation spacers as shown.
Fig 2.11
The conductor bending can result into a damage of its insulation.
The maximum stress in the conductor due to bending occurs at the corners of the radial
spacers and is given by
2
0
2
max
kg/cm
12I
y S F
AL
= o ……………………………………………………….. (2.36)
where,
F
AL
is maximum axial bending load in kg/cm. It corresponds to the most highly stressed
disc in a disc winding or turn in a helical winding (layer winding with radial spacers).
The maximum axial load may usually lie in the region of nonuniform ampereturn
distribution (e.g., tap zone).
The maximum axial load, calculated accurately by a method such as FEM, divided by
the mean turn length (πD
m
) gives the value of F
AL
, where D
m
is mean diameter of
winding in cm.
S is span between two radial spacers in cm


.

\

÷ th spacer wid
s
m
N
D t
N
s
is number of radial spacers.
y is maximum distance from neutral axis for conductor in cm (i.e., half of conductor
axial width: w/2).
I
0
is moment of inertia of disc or turn


.

\

=
12
3
ntw
n being number conductors in radial direction, and
t is conductor thickness in cm.
The maximum stress in the conductor calculated should be less than the limiting value
for the type of conductor used (about 1200 kg/cm2 less than the limit for soft copper).
2.5.3.2 TILTING UNDER AXIAL LOAD (12, 13)
The failure due to tilting under the action of axial compressive forces is one of the
principal modes of failures in large power transformers. When these forces are more
than a certain limit, a failure can occur in disc winding due to tilting of conductors in a
zigzag fashion as shown.
Fig 2.12
In this mode of failure, there is turning of cross section of conductors around the
perpendicular axis of symmetry. There are two kinds of forces that resist the tilting of
the conductors. The first one is due to the conductor material, which resists being
twisted.
The second resisting force is the friction force (due to corners of conductors); during
tilting the conductors at both ends must bite into the material of the radial spacer,
producing a couple at the conductor ends which resists tilting. The two resisting forces
are usually considered separately to arrive at the critical stress and load, causing the
failure.
The tilting strength decreases inversely as the square of winding radius, suggesting that
the large windings should be carefully designed. If the conductor has sharp ends, the
frictional force resists tilting.
Actually, due to the conductor corner radius, the contribution to tilting resistance (due
to friction) reduces and this reduction should be considered. The critical strength of a
helical winding (a layer winding with radial spacers) is higher than a layer winding
(which is without radial spacers) because of the additional strength offered by the
spacers.
When a continuously transposed cable (CTC) conductor is used, although there are two
axially placed rows of conductors in one common paper covering, it cannot be assumed
that the effective tilting strength is higher. Two possible modes of failures are
described. The first type of failure (termed as cablewise tilting), in which two adjacent
cables tilt against each other, is shown
Fig 2.14 Cable wise tilting
If the interstrand friction is higher, the winding is forced to tilt in pairs of strands in the
CTC conductor.
For the same strand dimensions, the CTC conductor has four times greater tilting
strength; the result is obvious because the effective width of its conductor is doubled
increasing the strength by four times.
This increase in strength is valid only when the two axially placed strands in the CTC
conductor can be considered to act together under the tilting load.
In the second mode of failure (termed as strandwise tilting), two axially placed strands
in the CTC conductor tilt against each other as shown.
Fig 2.15 Strand wise tilting
The critical tilting load in this mode may be lower, reducing the effective overall tilting
strength. This is because the lower of the cablewise and strandwise strengths triggers
the axial instability. While the critical stress in the cablewise tilting is independent of
number of strands in the cable (n), the critical stress in the strandwise tilting is
inversely proportional to n. As the number of strands in the CTC conductor increases,
the critical load limit in the strandwise tilting becomes lower than the cablewise
tilting. Hence, with the increase in number of strands in the CTC conductor, the mode
of failure shifts from the cablewise tilting to the strandwise tilting.
The use of epoxybonded CTC conductor is quite common in which the epoxy coating
effectively bonds the strands increasing the resistance against the strand wise tilting.
Each strand in the epoxybonded CTC conductor has, in addition to an enamel coating,
a coat of thermosetting epoxy resin. The curing of this resin occurs at around 120°C
during the processing of windings. After curing, the epoxybonded CTC conductor
consisting of many strands can be considered as one conductor with an equivalent cross
section for the mechanical strength consideration. Thus, the possibility of strandwise
tilting is eliminated, greatly increasing the strength of the CTC conductor against the
tilting load. The epoxy bonded CTC conductor not only reduces the winding eddy
losses but it also significantly improves the short circuit withstand characteristics.
2.6 EFFECT OF PRESTRESS (14, 15,16)
The clamping pressure applied on the windings after the completion of core winding
assembly is called as prestress. It has a significant impact on the response of windings
during short circuits. It increases the stiffness of windings thereby increasing their
mechanical natural frequencies.
The relationship between the natural frequency and prestress is highly nonlinear. The
prestress reduces oscillatory forces acting on the insulation. The winding
displacements also decrease with the increase in the prestress value. The value of pre
stress should be judiciously chosen depending upon the characteristics of corewinding
assembly. The chosen value of pre stress must get maintained during the entire life of a
transformer. This means that the insulation stability should be fully realized during the
processing of windings during manufacturing. If the natural frequency without pre
stress is higher than the excitation frequencies, a higher prestress value will
significantly reduce the oscillatory forces. Contrary to this, if the natural frequency
without prestress is lower than the excitation frequencies, a certain value of prestress
will bring the natural frequency closer to the excitation frequencies leading to an
increase in the oscillatory forces. The natural frequency is reported to vary as some
function of square root of the ratio of prestress to maximum value of peak
electromagnetic stress in the winding.
The natural frequency of a winding may change during the short circuit period due to
changes in the insulation characteristics and ratio of prestress to total stress. Thus, the
natural frequency measured from the free response may be different after the short
circuit as compared to that before the short circuit. Also, during the short circuit, the
winding, which may be in resonance at some time experiencing a higher stress, may get
detuned from the resonance due to change in insulation characteristics at some other
instant.
2.7 STRESSES IN FLITCH PLATES AND FRAMES
A flitch plate should be designed for withstanding the clamping force and core winding
weight (static loads). During a short circuit, the axial forces (end thrusts) developed in
windings, act on the top and bottom frames; flitch plates help to keep the frames in
position. The stresses produced in the flitch plates are the tensile stresses and shearing
stresses. These stresses can be calculated by wellknown formulae used in the structural
analysis.
The frames are subjected to stresses while lifting corewinding assembly, during
clamping of windings, or due to short circuit end thrusts. Usually, the short circuit
stresses decide their dimensions. The stresses in the frames are determined from the
calculated values of the short circuit forces acting on them and assuming the core bolt
points and locking arrangements (pins, etc.) between flitch plates and frames as support
locations.
Fig 2.16
CHAPTER 3
TRANSFORMER DESIGN PROCEDURE
3.1 DIFFERENT PARAMETERS CONSIDERED IN TRANSFORMER
DESIGN (17)
1. Core diameter selection
2. Flux density
3. Number of turns in HV and LV
4. Selection of layer and helical winding
5. Estimation of height of window
6. Width of conductor
7. Thickness of conductor
8. Number of parallel conductors (based on current density)
9. Calculation of percentage impedance based on dimensions (described for each
case)
10. Load loss and no load loss calculation
11. Percentage ratio error calculation
12. Costing of major material
3.1.1 CORE DIAMETER SELECTION
Core diameter of a transformer depends upon a number of factors like transformer
rating, percentage impedance between the windings, basic insulation level, transport
height, core fluxing requirements, type of core, and quality of core steel.
It is fairly complicated to derive a universal and exact formula for core diameter. In
practice, the core diameter is selected by the designer from similar designs already
available in the industry (usually core diameter varies from 350mm to 500mm). Based
on this, parameters like percentage impedance and losses are worked out and core
diameter is adjusted to meet the required parameters.
Influence of varying core diameter
Increase in core diameter causes:
 Increase in core crosssectional area
 Increase in voltage/turn, hence reduction in number of turns
 Overall weight of core steel increases
 No load loss of transformer increases
Reduction in core diameter causes:
 Increased copper weight
 Increased load losses
The percentage reactance between the windings is directly proportional to the number
of turns and diameter of various coils and is inversely proportional to volts/turn and coil
depth.
3.1.2 FLUX DENSITY
Value of flux density is chosen to suit the required performance. Normally flux density
is chosen near the knee point of the magnetization curve. However, adequate margin
should be kept to take care for system conditions like over fluxing, frequency and
voltage variations. In certain cases, the value of flux density is reduced to limit the noise
level of transformers.
Influence of varying flux density
Increase in flux density, keeping other parameters constant causes:
 Higher volts/turn
 Reduction in number of turns in winding
 Reduced core steel weight
 Higher no load loss of transformer
 Lower copper weight
 Lower load losses
Reduction in the value of flux density causes increased core steel weight, lower no load
loss and increases copper weight and load loss.
3.1.3 NUMBER OF TURNS IN HV AND LV
The number of turns in HV and LV winding can be calculated by using the emf
equation of the transformer as:
E = 4.44fΦ
m
N ……………………………………………………………………. (3.1)
E =4.44fB
m
AN ………………………………………………………………… (3.2)
where :
E =Voltage induced in the transformer winding (HV or LV winding)
F = Frequency in Hz
Φ
m
=
Max value of flux
B
m
= Maximum flux density in Tesla
A = Net cross sectional area of the core in mm
2
Therefore, after fixing the core area and flux density, the number of turns in the HV and
LV winding can be calculated by using the above equation.
Also, voltage per turn is calculated by dividing the voltage by the corresponding
number of turns (LV or HV).
3.1.4 SELECTION OF TYPE OF WINDING
The windings along with its insulations form the electric circuit of the transformer. Due
care must be taken while designing the windings to ensure its healthiness during normal
as well as fault conditions as the windings need to be electrically and mechanically
strong to withstand voltage surges as well as mechanical stresses during shortcircuit
conditions. The temperature of windings at rated, overload and shortcircuit conditions
should be within limits, ensuring the proper life of transformer.
The requisite type of winding is chosen only after considering all the above mentioned
factors.
For LV, as we need to have less number of turns in the winding, generally layer
winding is used as it can be fitted within the limited height of the core structure.
For HV, we need to have a large number of turns in the winding and hence, disc
winding is preferred over layer winding taking into account the height constraints of the
core.
Sometimes, for large voltages, disc winding is chosen over layer winding in LV as well
due to height considerations.
3.1.5 HEIGHT OF CORE WINDOW
In the transformer industry, the height of transformers is restricted to 4.5 – 5 meters due
to the difficulty involved in transportation.
Taking this into account, the height of base and clamping structures, the relay
arrangement and insulation the actual height of the core structure is restricted to 3  3.5
m.
The designers select the height of the core structure less than the above specified value.
From this value of the core height, we determine the height of HV and LV winding.
3.1.6 WIDTH OF CONDUCTOR
After fixing the height of LV and HV winding, the width of the LV and HV winding is
calculated. The procedure of calculating the width in LV or HV is as follows:
1. First the total number of discs or turns in the winding is fixed. In case of disc
winding, the number of discs is calculated by fixing the number of turns per
disc. We usually take even number of discs for convenience of taking out the
leads.
2. Then we calculate the width of the conductor using the following formula:
Width =
discs of No.
winding of Height
 (paper insulation thickness) – (wooden block
thickness) …………………………………………………………………….. (3.3)
Usually, we take paper insulation thickness as 0.5mm and wooden block of
thickness 2.8mm.
Width of conductor =
discs of No.
winding of Height
 0.5 – 2.8 ……………………..(3.4)
3. The width of the conductor should be between 6 to 17mm. These constraints are
due to the required mechanical properties of the conductor.
3.1.7 THICKNESS OF THE CONDUCTOR
The thickness of the conductor is selected between 1.7 to 3 mm. Again these restrictions
are due to the required mechanical properties of the conductor. This value of thickness
decides the number of parallel paths in the windings hence the designer can choose any
value as per the parallel path requirements.
Fig 3.1
0.25mm 0.25mm
0.25mm
0.25mm
0.25mm 0.25mm
0.25mm
0.25mm
Paper insulation
W
i
d
t
h
o
f
c
o
n
d
u
c
t
o
r
Thickness of conductor
3.1.8 NUMBER OF PARALLEL CONDUCTORS
The number of parallel paths in the given winding is calculated as follows:
1. The maximum current that the winding needs to carry is calculated.
2. The maximum current density is chosen as 3 A/mm
2
3. The required crosssectional area to carry the maximum winding current is
calculated.
2
A/mm 3 of density current maximum
winding by the carried current maximum
area Required = ……………...(3.5)
4. The number of parallel paths are calculated by dividing this required area by the
area of one conductor.
thickness conductor width conductor
area Required
paths parallel of Number
×
= ………(3.6)
5. The number of parallel paths calculated by above formula is approximated to
the next integer. E.g. if we get number of parallel paths as 3.3 we approximate it
to 4.
Fig 3.2
1 2 3 4
3.1.9 CALCULATION OF %Z BASED ON DIMENSIONS
In the impedance derivation part we have seen that %Z is calculated from the formula:
¿
÷
× =
÷
ATD
turn Volts H
turns Ampere
f Z
eq
) / (
) (
10 48 . 2 %
5
……………………………………... (3.7)
where,
¿
2
cm in is ATD
and cm in is
eq
H
The term
¿
ATDis nothing but area under the ampereturn diagram. This area is
different for maximum, minimum and normal (100%) tap positions.
For maximum tap position,
8) .......(3. .......... .......... .......... .......... ) 1428 . 0 (
3
1
) 1428 . 0 3 (
3
1
) 1428 . 0 1428 . 0 1 (
3
1
) 1 1 1 (
3
1
3
1
2
3 3
2
2
2 2 1 1
2 2
1 1
D T D T
D T D T D T ATD
g g
g g
+ × +
+ + + + + + =
¿
where,
1
T  Width of LV winding
1
D  Mean diameter of LV winding
2
T  Width of HV winding
2
D  Mean diameter of HV winding
3
T  Width of tapping winding
3
D  Mean diameter of tapping winding
1
g
T  Width of air gap between LV and HV winding
1
g
D  Mean diameter of air gap between LV and HV winding
2
g
T  Width of air gap between HV and tapping winding
2
g
D  Mean diameter of air gap between HV and tapping winding
For minimum tap position,
1 1
2 2 1 1
) (
3
1
g g
D T D T D T ATD + + =
¿
…………………………………………… (3.9)
Similarly for normal tap,
..(3.10) .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... )
2
1 . 0 (
3 3
3
1
)
2
1 . 0 3 (
2 2
3
1
)
2
1 . 0 1 . 0 1 (
2 2
3
1
) 1 1 1 (
1 1
3
1
1 1
3
1
D T
g
D
g
T
D T
g
D
g
T D T ATD
+ × +
+ + + + + + ¿ =
The AmpereTurns and Voltage per turn are calculated by multiplying LV current and
LV turns.
3.1.10 COPPER LOSS AND NO LOAD LOSS (CORE LOSS) CALCULATIONS
Mainly, there are two types of losses in a transformer viz. core losses (Noload) losses
and copper losses.
Core (NoLoad) Losses:
 Transformer noload losses occur due to flow of main flux in the core.
 The core loss of a transformer depends upon grade of steel, frequency, flux
density, type & weight of core. Since all these things remain constant once the
transformer is designed, the core losses are practically constant at all the loads.
 To calculate the core loss, we find the volume of the core. Area of core is
already fixed. We fix the length of core such that there is sufficient gap
(=10mm) between 2 HV windings of adjacent phases. Accordingly, volume is
calculated.
 Weight of the core is calculated by multiplying the volume of the core by
density of the core material. Core losses are given as 1.6 watts per kg weight of
the core. Accordingly, total core losses are computed.
Copper Losses:
 Load losses comprise of ohmic losses and eddycurrent losses. But eddycurrent
losses are about 10% of ohmic losses. Hence generally they are neglected.
 The loadloss of a transformer is a function of temperature and is generally
expressed at a reference temperature of 75 degree C.
 The resistance R of winding at 75 degree C is calculated as
R = ρNL/A………………………………………………………………………… (3.11)
R = resistivity of conductor at 75 degree C
L = length of winding
N = number of turns
A = area of conductor.
Area of conductor = wt……………………………………………………………. (3.12)
where,
t = Thickness of conductor
w = Width of conductor
Now the length of winding is calculated as follows:
 Consider a winding with „m‟ number of discs, „n‟ number of turns per disc, and
„p‟ number of parallel paths. Now, mean thickness of one such conductor = n *
p * (0.5+ t) / 2, where the thickness of paper insulation is 0.5 mm.
 Hence, length of one such conductor per disc is
2Π[(distance between core centre & LV winding)+{n x p x (t + 0.5)/2}]…… (3.13)
 Hence total length of all such conductors throughout all the discs is
m*n* Π *length of one conductor…………………………………………(3.14)
But there are „p‟ parallel paths of conductors. Hence while calculating the
resistance of winding, we divide this total length by p.
 Once the resistance of a winding is calculated, ohmic loss for that winding is
calculated by multiplying the value of resistance by the square of the current
through the respective winding. The procedure is same for LV, HV and tapping
windings.
 In case of minimum tap, the winding resistance is small as compared to
maximum tap. But the current is maximum. Hence copper loss is more in case
of minimum tapping than maximum tapping.
 The above procedure gives the per phase copper loss. Hence in case of 3phase
transformer, the total copper loss is calculated by multiplying the above value
by 3.
The total losses in a transformer are the sum of the above two losses. Increase in losses
implies reduction in efficiency and hence increase in cost. Increment of 1kW in cost of
transformer by Rs. 1 lakh
Increment of 1kW in Noload losses implies increment in cost of transformer by Rs. 5
lakh.
3.1.11 CALCULATION OF RADIAL STRESS ON HV WINDING
1. Total copper loss is calculated for HV winding. From this we calculate the
copper loss per phase ,
R
P .
2. We have fixed the winding height in the beginning of the design.
3. Per unit impedance is calculated.
Using the above data we calculate the radial stress in HV winding is calculated as
2 2
/ * ) 2 ( * 94 . 4
pu w R avg
Z H P k = o …………………………………………... (3.15)
where,
k is the asymmetry factor considered to take into account symmetry.
3.1.12. CALCULATION OF AXIAL STRESSES ON INNER AND OUTER
WINDING
For an uniform ampereturn distribution in windings with equal heights (ideal
conditions), the axial forces due to the radial leakage field in both inner and outer
winding are given by
) * * /( ) * 8 . 50 ( f H Z S F
w pu a
=
…………………………………………… (3.16)
where,
S =Rated power per limb in kVA
H
w
= Winding height in meters
Z
pu
= Per unit impedance
f = frequency in Hz
In the absence of detailed analysis, it can be assumed that 25 to 33% of force is taken by
the outer winding, and the remaining 75 to 67% is taken by the inner winding.
For inner winding, we approximate the respective percentage to 70%
Hence,
Axial forces on inner winding = 70 % of total axial forces
For outer winding, we approximate the above percentage to 30 %
Hence,
Axial forces on outer winding = 30 % of total axial forces
Calculation of number of spacers
The spacers are inserted to provide the necessary strength to the winding against the
radial forces.
The minimum number of spacers or supporters provided is given by
) / * 12 ( * ) / ( E t D N
avg m s
o = ………………………………………………….(3.17)
avg
o = the average value of the compressive stress (in an entire disc winding)
m
D = mean diameter of the winding.
t =thickness of the conductor
E =modulus of elasticity of conductor material
According to standard specifications, the number of spacers are always kept in a
multiple of 4, 8 or 12.
Number of blocks
Number of blocks inserted between the two adjacent discs is always equal to the
number of spacers inserted.
Calculation of width of a block
The total width of all the blocks should be approximately 30 % to 35 % of the
circumference of the corresponding winding, which is calculated by considering the
mean diameter of the winding.
Mathematically,
Width of a block = (30 % of circumference of the winding)/ (no of blocks)………(3.18)
According to international standards,
Widths of a block commercially available are 35 mm, 45 mm and 55 mm.
After calculating width of the block, block of closest dimensions is selected.
Calculation of axial stress
Axial forces acting on each block are obtained by using axial force calculated before
and area of all the blocks.
Mathematically this can be shown as
Axial stress = (Axial force on the blocks)/ (Total area of blocks)………………... (3.19)
The procedure for calculating the axial stress is same for LV, HV and tap winding.
CHAPTER 4
DESIGNED TRANSFORMER
_____________________________________________________________________
4.1 PROBLEM STATEMENT
Design a transformer having following parameters:
 Power rating 25 MVA
 Voltage ratio 33/11 kV with +5% to 10% regulation in the step of 1.5%
 Vector group
11
D
YN
 Operating frequency 50Hz
 No load loss 20kW
 Copper losses 80 kW at 25 MVA
 %X = 12%
 Maximum current density in any conductor should be less than
2
A/mm 3
 Maximum flux density in the core = 1.7 T
 Tolerance on impedance % 10 ± .
 Tolerance on losses and current density: no positive tolerance.
 Radial stress on windings should be less than 80 MPa
 Axial stress on the insulation block should be less than 10 MPa
4.2 PARAMETERS OF DESIGNED TRANSFORMER
1. Current in LV and HV:
First we calculate the current in both LV and HV winding. Since the HV winding is star
connected we take the phase voltage for current calculation.
(4.3) ....... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 57 . 757
11 3
MVA 25
current
(4.2) .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 37 . 437
053 . 19 3
MVA 25
current HV
(4.1) .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 053 . 19
3
33kV
voltage HV
A
kV
LV
A
kV
kV
=
×
=
=
×
=
= =
2. Core crosssectional area:
Then we fix the core crosssectional area and hence the core diameter. For the given
power rating, the core diameter is usually selected between 375mm to 450mm.
Core area =141500
2
mm ……………………………………………………………. (4.4)
Core diameter = 424.43 mm…………………………………………………………(4.5)
3. Number of turns in LV and HV:
Using the equation,
E = 4.44fB
m
AN…………………………………………………………………… (4.6)
Putting f = 50 Hz, A = 141500
2
mm , B
m
= 1.7 T, we calculate LV and HV number of
turns.
LV number of turns = 205.98……………………………………………………... (4.7)
HV number of turns = 356.78…………………………………………………….. (4.8)
The number of turns is approximated as follows:
Approximated LV turns = 206…………………………………………………… (4.9)
Approximated HV turns = 357………………………………………………….... (4.10)
Since it is required to have voltage regulation on HV side from 90% to 105% we
calculate the maximum and the minimum number of turns corresponding to these
voltage levels.
(4.11) ......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 322....... turns HV minimum Approx
375 turns HV maximum Approx
321.1 turns HV minimum Calculated
374.62 turns HV maximum Calculated
=
=
=
=
Since we are using linear tapping, in the HV winding there are only 322 turns
(corresponding to 90% voltage) and the rest of the turns are present in tapping winding.
4. Number of discs in LV and HV:
We fix the number of turns per disc in both LV and HV. Also, as explained in the
procedure, we add around 45 more discs to the calculated value to account for
dropping of turns at the crossover during actual winding process. The fact that it is
beneficial from manufacturing point of view that the number of discs should be even is
considered.
For LV winding:
Number of turns per disc = 2
Number of discs = 206/2 = 103
Actual number of discs = 105 …………………………………………………… (4.12)
For HV winding:
Number of turns per disc = 3
Number of discs = 322/3 = 107.3
Actual number of discs = 110 …………………………………………………… (4.13)
Tapping winding:
Tapping winding turns = 375322 = 53
Number of turns per disc = 3
Number of discs = 53/3 = 17.66
Actual number of discs = 20……………………………………………………… (4.14)
5. Height of core structure:
As explained in the design procedure, we select the height of the transformer as
2450mm. This height satisfies all the constraints present on the height of core.
Height of core structure=2450mm
Height of core window = 2450 2×core diameter
= 24502×424.42
= 1601.14 mm………………………………………… (4.15)
We keep a gap of 100 mm on both side of the winding so as to maintain the oil flow.
Therefore the height of the LV and HV winding is calculated as follows:
Height of LV and HV winding = 1601.14 – 200 =1401.14 mm……………….. (4.16)
6. Width of conductor:
As explained in the design procedure we calculate width of the conductor of LV and
HV as follows:
9.918mm 2.8 0.5
106
1401.14
2.8 0.5
LV in discs of no
winding of height
conductor LV of Width = ÷ ÷ = ÷ ÷ =
9.437mm 2.8 0.5
110
1401.14
2.8 0.5
HV in discs of no
winding of height
conductor HV of Width
Similarly,
= ÷ ÷ = ÷ ÷ =
…………….(4.17)
7. Thickness of conductor and number of parallel paths:
We select the thickness of conductor between 1.7 – 3 mm.
Thickness of LV winding = 2.31 mm
(4.19) 8 HV in paths parallel of number Actual
005 . 7
45 . 2 437 . 9 3
37 . 437
thickness conductor width conductor A/mm 3 of density current maximum
winding HV by carried current maximum
HV in paths parallel of Number
mm 2.45 winding HV of Thickness
12 LV in paths parallel of number Actual
4.18) ( 022 . 11
31 . 2 918 . 9 3
57 . 757
thickness conductor width conductor A/mm 3 of density current maximum
winding LV by carried current maximum
LV in paths parallel of Number
2
2
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . =
=
× ×
=
× ×
=
=
=
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . =
× ×
=
× ×
=
8. Tapping winding:
We carry the dimensions of HV to tapping winding.
Width of tapping winding conductor = 9.437mm
Thickness of tapping winding conductor = 2.45mm……………………………. (4.20)
For this design, we have 8 parallel paths in HV winding. For the tapping winding, it is
not desirable to have tapping on 8 parallel paths together.
Hence we divide 8 parallel paths in 4 parts and take 2 parallel paths together. We
construct 20 discs with 3 turns per disc and 2 parallel paths i.e. 2 parallel conductors.
Then we construct 3 more such sets of 20 discs each. There is 2.8 mm wooden block
between two consecutive discs.
Total height of taping winding
(4.21) ... .......... .......... 4 . 1018
) 8 . 2 5 . 0 43 . 9 ( 20 4
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . =
+ + × × =
mm
9. Calculation of %Z based on dimensions:
We calculate the %Z for three positions of tapping viz. Maximum tap, Minimum tap
and Normal tap.
1
T  Width of LV winding
1
D  Mean diameter of LV winding (ID for LV+1.5
1
T )
2
T  Width of HV winding
2
D  Mean diameter of HV winding (ID for HV+1.5
2
T )
3
T  Width of tapping winding
3
D  Mean diameter of tapping winding (ID for tapping+1.5
3
T )
1
g
T  Width of air gap between LV and HV winding
1
g
D  Mean diameter of air gap between LV and HV winding
(ID for air gap between LV and HV winding+1.5
1
g
T )
2
g
T  Width of air gap between HV and tapping winding
2
g
D  Mean diameter of air gap between HV and tapping winding
(ID for air gap between HV and tapping winding+1.5
2
g
T )
For the given design we take the gap between core and LV winding as well as the gap
between LV and HV winding as 20 mm whereas we take the gap between HV and
tapping winding as 10 mm.
ID for LV = core diameter + 2(gap between core and LV winding)
= 424.42 + 2(20)
= 464.42 mm………………………………………………………... (4.22)
(4.23) .... .......... 44 . 67
31 . 2 2 12
0.5) conductor of (thickness disc per turns paths parallel of number
1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . =
× × =
+ × × =
mm
T
1
D = 464.42 + 1.5×67.44
= 565.59 mm………………………………………………………………. (4.24)
Similarly we calculate rest of the terms and get the following values:
2
T = 70.8 mm
3
T = 17.7 mm
1
g
T = 20 mm
2
g
T = 20 mm
1
g
D = 629.3 mm
2
g
D = 795.9 mm
2
D = 745.5 mm
3
D = 827.45 mm
Following diagram explains all the dimensions:
Fig 4.1
LV
HV
T
A
P
20mm 67.44mm 20mm 70.8mm 20mm 17mm
1018.34mm
1401.14mm
For maximum tap position,
Fig 4.2
(4.25) mm 46028.27
) 1428 . 0 (
3
1
) 1428 . 0 3 (
3
1
) 1428 . 0 1428 . 0 1 (
3
1
) 1 1 1 (
3
1
3
1
2
2
3 3
2
2
2 2 1 1 max
2 2
1 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . =
+ × +
+ + + + + + =
¿
D T D T
D T D T D T ATD
g g
g g
LV
HV
TAP
1
0.1429
NI
Distance
For minimum tap position,
Fig 4.3
(4.26) mm 42894.63
) (
3
1
2
2 2 1 1 min
1 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . =
+ + =
¿ g g
D T D T D T ATD
LV
HV
TAP
Distance
NI
1
Similarly for normal tap,
Fig 4.4
(4.27) mm 44840.28
)
2
1 . 0 (
3 3
3
1
)
2
1 . 0 3 (
2 2
3
1
)
2
1 . 0 1 . 0 1 (
2 2
3
1
) 1 1 1 (
1 1
3
1
1 1
3
1
2
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . =
+ × +
+ + + + + + ¿ =
D T
g
D
g
T
D T
g
D
g
T D T ATD
LV
HV
TAP
1
0.1
NI
Distance
Then we calculate the %Z from the following formula:
¿
÷
× =
÷
ATD
turn Volts H
turns Ampere
f Z
eq
) / (
) (
10 48 . 2 %
5
…………………………………… (4.28)
where,
¿
2
cm in is ATD
and cm in is
eq
H
Ampereturns = 156060.6 AT
Volts/turn = 53.39 V ……………………………………………………………… (4.29)
For %Z min,
¿
=
×
=
=
2
2
min
cm
10
42894.63
ATD
cm
9640 . 0 10
14 . 1401
0.9640 factor Rogowsky
eq
H
Putting these values, we get,
695 . 10 %
min
= Z …………………………………………………………………. (4.30)
For %Z max,
¿
=
×
=
=
2
2
min
cm
10
46028.27
ATD
cm
9577 . 0 10
14 . 1401
0.9577 factor Rogowsky
eq
H
Putting these values, we get,
4 . 11 %
max
= Z ………………………………………………………………….. (4.31)
For %Z ,
¿
=
×
=
=
2
2
cm
10
44840.28
ATD
cm
9577 . 0 10
14 . 1401
0.9577 factor Rogowsky
eq
H
Putting these values, we get,
10 . 11 % = Z ……………………………………………………………………… (4.32)
10. Width of transformer
The horizontal width of transformer can be calculated using the dimensions of windings
used to determine the parameters of the ATD (Ampereturn diagram).
Thus, we get,
Width of transformer arrangement = 2588.92 mm……………………………… (4.33)
11. Core Losses
We wish to determine the core losses of the transformer. We know that losses in the
core material used are 1.6 watts per kilogram weight of material. Thus, we wish to find
the weight of the core. Since we know the density of core material, we can find its
weight by determining the volume of core material.
This volume can be determined by calculating the volumes of the vertical and
horizontal limbs of the core (which are cylinders). Since we know the core diameter, we
can determine the volume of the core structure.
Volume of core = 1.29*10
9
mm
3
Density of core material = 7.65*10
6
kg/mm
3
Weight of core structure = Volume*Density
= 9689.48 kg ………………………………………….(4.34)
Thus,
Core losses = 9689.48*1.6
= 15.79 KW ………………………………………………………. (4.35)
This value of core losses is well within the limits prescribed for the design (20 KW).
12. Copper Losses
Now, let us determine the copper losses in this transformer.
Copper Loss = (Current)
2
x Resistance ……………………………………………(4.36)
For this, we must determine the resistance of the windings in the transformer. This can
be determined using the formula,
Resistance = (ρl)/a
where,
ρ = Resistivity of conductor material (copper) = 1.68x10
8
Ωm
l = Length of conductor
a = Crosssectional area of conductor
Hence, we must determine the length of winding. We compute the LV and HV winding
lengths by considering the circumference of the winding. We have used the disc type of
winding for both LV and HV windings. Also, we have used many conductors in parallel
to account for the current density, in the case of each winding. Hence, we evaluate the
length of one conductor in a single disc of the winding as the middle conductor in the
winding assuming that all conductors in one disc have the same length. We then
multiply this length with the number of conductors in each disc and then the total
number of discs, to obtain the total length of conductors for that winding. We can then
obtain the resistance of the winding and further, the copper losses of the transformer
using the prestated formulae.
Length of LV winding = 344253 mm
Resistance of LV winding = R
1
= 0.021 Ω
Length of HV winding = 736283 mm
Resistance of HV winding = R
2
=0.067 Ω
Length of tapping winding = 158094 mm
Resistance of tapping winding = R
3
=0.014 Ω
Copper losses in LV winding = (I
LV
)
2
* R
1
= 36.21 KW ……………………………………. (4.37)
For HV winding, we will have three important values of losses, one for the normal
100% tap conditions and two others, which are limits of losses for the maximum and
minimum tapping conditions.
Copper losses in HV winding for normal tap = (I
HV
)
2
* [R
2
+ (0.333*R
3
)]
= 43.87 KW……………………. (4.38)
Copper losses in HV winding for minimum tap (90%) = (I
HV
)
2
* R
2
= 47.37 KW …………. (4.39)
Copper losses in HV winding for maximum tap (105%) = (I
HV
)
2
* [R
2
+ R
3
]
= 42.29 KW………... (4.40)
Total copper losses of transformer,
For normal tap = 80.09 KW
For minimum tap = 83.59 KW
For maximum tap = 78.51 KW ………………………………………………… (4.41)
Since the transformer will usually be operated at normal tap, the limit on the copper
losses (80 KW) can be restricted to the normal tapping condition alone.
13. Cost of core and winding materials:
Further, we shall determine the costing of the transformer. We must compute the cost of
core as well as the cost of conductors used in order to obtain a rough estimate of the
material cost of the transformer.
a. Cost of core material
We have calculated the weight of core earlier. Using the market cost of core
material as Rs.165/kg, we get,
Cost of core material = Rs.16,28,465 ………………………………………... (4.42)
b. Cost of conductor material
We must also determine the weight of conductor material. This can be done by
finding the volume of the conductor material used (since we know density of
copper). The volume can easily be found out since we know crosssectional area of
conductor in each winding and also its length.
Volume of LV conductors = 94.64*10
6
mm
3
Volume of HV conductors = 136.19*10
6
mm
3
Volume of tapping conductors = 29.22*10
6
mm
3
Total volume of conductors = 260.06*10
6
mm
3
Density of copper = 8.96*10
6
kg/mm
3
Weight of conductors = Volume*Density = 2330.17 kg
Cost of copper = Rs.200/kg
Cost of conductor material = Rs.4,66,034…………………………………….. (4.43)
Total cost = Cost of core material + Cost of conductor material
= Rs.20,94,500 ………………………………………………………... (4.44)
14. Radial stresses on windings:
We have to ensure that the transformer that has been designed can withstand the forces
imparted on the winding in the case of the occurrence of a short circuit. For this, we
consider an asymmetry factor of 1.8 for the transformer. Since we know the copper loss
and height for each winding and the percent impedance of the transformer, we can
easily determine the radial stress. These values are found to be within permissible
limits.
Radial stress on LV winding = 21.48 MPa
Radial stress on HV winding = 26.01 MPa………………………………. (4.45)
15. Number of spacers:
Since there is a compressive radial force on LV winding, we calculate number of
spacers using the value of stress on inner winding. The same number of spacers is used
for HV winding as well, since there is no compressive force on it.
Number of Spacers = 11.85 ≈ 16………………………………………………... (4.46)
The number of spacers should always be taken as multiples of 4. The reasons as to why
this number is rounded off to 16 are specified during discussion of axial stresses.
16. Axial stresses on windings and insulation blocks:
We always design a transformer to withstand axial forces on winding equal to onethird
of the maximum value of force. Now, since we know the value of power rating of
transformer, height of winding, percentage impedance of transformer and frequency of
voltage to be supplied, we can easily determine the total axial force on winding. We
assume that 70% of this force is applied to LV winding while the remaining 30% is
applied to HV and tap windings.
Total axial force on windings = 533273 N
Axial force on LV winding = 373291 N
Axial force on HV and tap windings = 159982 N ……………………………. (4.47)
Every insulation block between windings is attached to its corresponding vertical spacer
for ease in assembly. Hence the number of spacers is equal to the number of insulation
blocks.
Also, we design these blocks such that they cover only 3035% of the area underneath
the winding. This is to allow enough area for the oil to pass through over the conductors
to cool the winding.
Firstly, we take into account 30% of the circumference of each winding, which is taken
around the mean radius of the winding. (This will account for 30% of the area since
thickness for winding and thickness for block is same)
30% of circumference along mean radius of LV winding = 501.27 mm
30% of circumference along mean radius of HV winding = 669.26 mm
30% of circumference along mean radius of tap winding = 790.37 mm
…………………… (4.48)
Insulations blocks are available with widths of 35, 45 and 55 mm only. Hence this
constraint is imposed on their selection. We divide the circumference obtained with the
number of insulation blocks to get the desired width of block. This width is then
rounded off to the nearest specification of block.
Calculated width of insulation block for LV winding = 31.329 mm
Calculated width of insulation block for HV winding = 41.828 mm
Calculated width of insulation block for tap winding = 49.39 mm
……………………… (4.49)
Using this and knowing the thickness of windings, we calculate the area of block under
the winding and calculate the stress on the insulation blocks as,
Stress = (Axial force on winding) / (Total Area of blocks under winding) ………. (4.50)
According to previous calculations, the number of spacers should have been rounded
off to 12. However, such a selection in the design causes the stresses on insulation block
to rise above the permissible limit of 10 MPa (even for the maximum block width of 55
mm). Hence, we choose number of spacers as 16. The width of the block is dependent
on two factors; area coverage under the winding, and the stress on block for a particular
width.
Area of block under LV winding = 0.0377 m
2
Area of block under HV winding = 0.0396 m
2
Area of block under tap winding = 0.0099 m
2
….……………………………… (4.51)
Stress on insulation blocks in LV winding = 9.88 MPa
Stress on insulation blocks in HV winding = 3.36 MPa
Stress on insulation blocks in tap winding = 2.69 MPa ……………………… (4.52)
All winding insulation blocks used are of 35 mm width.
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