Testing of power transformer – Measurement of impedance voltage and load loss

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Offline mahzuba

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Purpose of the measurement

The measurement is carried out to determine the load-losses of the transformer and the impedanse voltage at rated frequency and rated current.
The measurements are made separetely for each winding pair (e.g., the pairs 1-2, 1-3 and 2-3 for a three-winding transformer), and furthermore on the principal and extreme tappings.

Apparatus and measuring circuit

On Figure 1 above (Circuit for the impedance and load-loss measurement) there are following figures:

    G1 – Supply generator
    T1 – Step-up transformer
    T2 – Transformer to be tested
    T3 – Current transformers
    T4 – Voltage transformers
    P1 – Wattmeters
    P2 – Ammeters (r.m.s. value)
    P3 – Voltmeters (r.m.s. value)
    C1 – Capacitor bank

The supply and measuring facilities are not described here. Current is generally supplied to the h.v. winding and the l.v. winding is short-circuited.

Performance of the measurement

If the reactive power supplied by the generator G1 is not sufficient when measuring large transformers, a capacitor bank C1 is used to compensate part of the inductive reactive power taken by the transformer T2.The voltage of the supply generator is raised until the current has attained the required value (25…100 % of the rated current according to the standard 4.1).

In order to increase the accuracy of readings will be taken at several current values near the required level. If a winding in the pair to be measured is equipped with an off-circuit or on-load tap-changer. the measurements are carried out on the principal and extreme tappings.
The readings have to be taken as quickly as possible, because the windings tend to warm up due to the current and the loss values obtained in the measurement are accondingly too high.

It the transformer has more than two windings all winding pairs are measured separately.


Corrections caused by the instrument transformers are made to the measured current, voltage and power values. The power value correction caused by the phase displacement is calculated as follows:
Equation 4.1 - Power value correction formula


    Pc = corrected power
    Pe = power read from the meters
    δu = phase displacement of the voltage transformer in minutes
    δi = phase displacement of the current transformer in minutes
    ϕ = phase angle between current and voltage in the measurement (ϕ is positive at inductive load)
    K = correction

The correction K obtained from equation 4.1 is shown as a set of curves in Figure 4.2.

The corrections caused by the instrument transformers are made separately for each phase, because different phases may have different power factors and the phase displacements of the instrument transformers are generally different.

If the measuring current Im deviates from the rated current IN, the power Pkm and the voltage Ukm at rated current are obtained by applying corrections to the values Pc and Uc relating to the measuring current.

The corrections are made as follows:
Equation 4.2 - Power Pkma

The correction caused by the phase displacement of instrument transformers (Figure 2):
Figure 4.2 - Phase displacement of istrument transformers

Figure 4.2 – Phase displacement of istrument transformers


    K – correction in percent,
    δu – δi – phase displacement in minutes
    cosδ – power factor of the measurement.

The sign of K is the same as that of δu – δi.

Mean values are calculated of the values corrected to the rated current and the mean values are used in the following. According to the standards the measured value of the losses shall be corrected to a winding temperature of 75° C (80° C, if the oil circulation is forced and directed).

The transformer is at ambient temperature when the measurements are carried out. and the loss values are corrected to the reference temperature 75° C according to the standards as follows.

The d.c. losses POm at the measuring temperature ϑm are calculated using the resistance values R1m and R2m obtained in the resistance measurement (for windings 1 and 2 between line terminals):

The additional losses Pamat the measuring temperature are:

Here Pkm is the measured power, to which the corrections caused by the instrument transformer have been made, and which is corrected to the rated current according to equation (4.2).

The short-circuit impedance Zkm and resistance Rkm at the measureing temperature are:
Equation 4.6 - Short-circuit impedance

Equation 4.6

Equation 4.7 - Resistance Rkm

Equation 4.7

    Ukm is the measured short-circuit voltage corrected according to Equation (4.3);
    UN is the rated voltage and
    SN is the rated power.

The short circuit reactance Xk does not depend on the losses and Xk is the same at the measuring temperature (ϑm) and the reference temperature (75 °C), hence:
Equation 4.8

Equation 4.8

When the losses are corrected to 75° C, it is assumed that d.c. losses vary directly with resistance and the additional losses inversely with resistance. The losses corrected to 75° C are obtained as follows:
Equation 4.9

Equation 4.9


ϑs = 235° C for Copper
ϑs = 225° C for Aluminium

Now the short circuit resistance Rkc and the short circuit impedance Zkc at the reference temperature can be determined:
Equation 4.10

Equation 4.10

Equation 4.11

Equation 4.11


The report indicates for each winding pair the power SN and the following values corrected to 75° C and relating to the principal and extreme tappings.

    D.C. losses POc (PDC)
    Additional losses Pac (PA)
    Load losses Pkc (PK)
    Short circuit resistance Rkc (RK)
    Short circuit reaactance Xkc (XK)
    Short circuit impedance Zkc (ZK)

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