J & P Transformer Book


For 80 years this classic reference book for professional power systems engineers has provided the most comprehensive coverage of transformers on the market, and is suitable for those engineers involved in transformer design, manufacture, testing, procurement, application, operation, maintenance, condition assessment and life extension. It is also widely used as a training source for those needing an introduction to transformer engineering. This new edition has been brought up to date with the latest research and...

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For 80 years this classic reference book for professional power systems engineers has provided the most comprehensive coverage of transformers on the market, and is suitable for those engineers involved in transformer design, manufacture, testing, procurement, application, operation, maintenance, condition assessment and life extension. It is also widely used as a training source for those needing an introduction to transformer engineering. This new edition has been brought up to date with the latest research and practical developments in the subject and covers all latest IEEE, IEC, EN and BS standards.

  • Uniquely respected reference book providing theory and applications for all aspects of transformer design, operation and maintenance, according to latest standards
  • New: Extended coverage of US and International reference standards; updates to latest technologies in manufacture, modeling and testing.
  • Detailed treatment of all topics, from fundamental upwards
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080966182
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 2/27/2015
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 1008

Meet the Author

Consultant specializing in power transformers, primarily working for utilities. In this context he has established working relationships with transformer manufacturers on several continents. His background with Ferranti and the UK’s Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) included transformer design and the management and maintenance of transformer-based systems.

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The J & P Transformer Book

By Martin J. Heathcote


Copyright © 2007 Elsevier Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-08-055178-4

Chapter One

Transformer theory


The invention of the power transformer towards the end of the nineteenth century made possible the development of the modern constant voltage AC supply system, with power stations often located many miles from centres of electrical load. Before that, in the early days of public electricity supplies, these were DC systems with the source of generation, of necessity, close to the point of loading.

Pioneers of the electricity supply industry were quick to recognise the benefits of a device which could take the high current relatively low voltage output of an electrical generator and transform this to a voltage level which would enable it to be transmitted in a cable of practical dimensions to consumers who, at that time, might be a mile or more away and could do this with an efficiency which, by the standards of the time, was nothing less than phenomenal.

Todays transmission and distribution systems are, of course, vastly more extensive and greatly dependent on transformers which themselves are very much more efficient than those of a century ago; from the enormous generator transformers such as the one illustrated in Fig. 7.5, stepping up the output of up to 19 000A at 23.5kV, of a large generating unit in the UK, to 400kV, thereby reducing the current to a more manageable 1200A or so, to the thousands of small distribution units which operate almost continuously day in day out, with little or no attention, to provide supplies to industrial and domestic consumers.

The main purpose of this book is to examine the current state of transformer technology, inevitably from a UK viewpoint, but in the rapidly shrinking and ever more competitive world of technology it is not possible to retain one's place in it without a knowledge of all that is going on the other side of the globe, so the viewpoint will, hopefully, not be an entirely parochial one.

For a reasonable understanding of the subject it is necessary to make a brief review of transformer theory together with the basic formulae and simple phasor diagrams.


A power transformer normally consists of a pair of windings, primary and secondary, linked by a magnetic circuit or core. When an alternating voltage is applied to one of these windings, generally by definition the primary, a current will flow which sets up an alternating m.m.f. and hence an alternating flux in the core. This alternating flux in linking both windings induces an e.m.f. in each of them. In the primary winding this is the 'back-e.m.f' and, if the transformer were perfect, it would oppose the primary applied voltage to the extent that no current would flow. In reality, the current which flows is the transformer magnetising current. In the secondary winding the induced e.m.f. is the secondary open-circuit voltage. If a load is connected to the secondary winding which permits the flow of secondary current, then this current creates a demagnetizing m.m.f. thus destroying the balance between primary applied voltage and back-e.m.f. To restore the balance an increased primary current must be drawn from the supply to provide an exactly equivalent m.m.f. so that equilibrium is once more established when this additional primary current creates ampere-turns balance with those of the secondary. Since there is no difference between the voltage induced in a single turn whether it is part of either the primary or the secondary winding, then the total voltage induced in each of the windings by the common flux must be proportional to the number of turns. Thus the well-known relationship is established that:

E1/E2 = N1/N2 (1.1)

and, in view of the need for ampere-turns balance:

I1/N2 = I2/N2 (1.2)

where E, I and N are the induced voltages, the currents and number of turns respectively in the windings identified by the appropriate subscripts. Hence, the voltage is transformed in proportion to the number of turns in the respective windings and the currents are in inverse proportion (and the relationship holds true for both instantaneous and r.m.s. quantities).

The relationship between the induced voltage and the flux is given by reference to Faraday's law which states that its magnitude is proportional to the rate of change of flux linkage and Lenz's law which states that its polarity such as to oppose that flux linkage change if current were allowed to flow. This is normally expressed in the form

e = -N(dφ/dt)

but, for the practical transformer, it can be shown that the voltage induced per turn is

E/N = KΦm f (1.3)

where K is a constant, Φm is the maximum value of total flux in Webers linking that turn and f is the supply frequency in Hertz.

The above expression holds good for the voltage induced in either primary or secondary windings, and it is only a matter of inserting the correct value of N for the winding under consideration. Figure 1.1 shows the simple phasor diagram corresponding to a transformer on no-load (neglecting for the moment the fact that the transformer has reactance) and the symbols have the significance shown on the diagram. Usually in the practical design of transformer, the small drop in voltage due to the flow of the no-load current in the primary winding is neglected.

If the voltage is sinusoidal, which, of course, is always assumed, K is 4.44 and Eq. (1.3) becomes

E = 4.44fΦN

For design calculations the designer is more interested in volts per turn and flux density in the core rather than total flux, so the expression can be rewritten in terms of these quantities thus:

E/N = 4.44BmAf x 10-6 (1.4)

where E/N = volts per turn, which is the same in both windings

Bm = maximum value of flux density in the core, Tesla

A = net cross-sectional area of the core, mm2

f = frequency of supply, Hz.

For practical designs Bm will be set by the core material which the designer selects and the operating conditions for the transformer, A will be selected from a range of cross-sections relating to the standard range of core sizes produced by the manufacturer, whilst f is dictated by the customer's system, so that the volts per turn are simply derived. It is then an easy matter to determine the number of turns in each winding from the specified voltage of the winding.


Mention has already been made in the introduction of the fact that the transformation between primary and secondary is not perfect. Firstly, not all of the flux produced by the primary winding links the secondary so the transformer can be said to possess leakage reactance. Early transformer designers saw leakage reactance as a shortcoming of their transformers to be minimised to as great an extent as possible subject to the normal economic constraints. With the growth in size and complexity of power stations and transmission and distribution systems, leakage reactance — or in practical terms since transformer windings also have resistance — impedance, gradually came to be recognised as a valuable aid in the limitation of fault currents. The normal method of expressing transformer impedance is as a percentage voltage drop in the transformer at full-load current and this reflects the way in which it is seen by system designers. For example, an impedance of 10 per cent means that the voltage drop at full-load current is 10 per cent of the open-circuit voltage, or, alternatively, neglecting any other impedance in the system, at 10 times full-load current, the voltage drop in the transformer is equal to the total system voltage. Expressed in symbols this is:

VZ = % Z = IFL Z/E x 100

where Z is [square root of (R2 + X2)], R2 + X2), R and X being the transformer resistance and leakage reactance respectively and IFL and E are the full-load current and open-circuit voltage of either primary or secondary windings. Of course, R and X may themselves be expressed as percentage voltage drops, as explained below. The 'natural' value for percentage impedance tends to increase as the rating of the transformer increases with a typical value for a medium sized power transformer being about 9 or 10 per cent. Occasionally some transformers are deliberately designed to have impedances as high as 22.5 per cent. More will be said about transformer impedance in the following chapter.


The transformer also experiences losses. The magnetising current is required to take the core through the alternating cycles of flux at a rate determined by system frequency. In doing so energy is dissipated. This is known variously as the core loss, no-load loss or iron loss. The core loss is present whenever the transformer is energised. On open circuit the transformer acts as a single winding of high self-inductance, and the open-circuit power factor averages about 0.15 lagging. The flow of load current in the secondary of the transformer and the m.m.f. which this produces is balanced by an equivalent primary load current and its m.m.f., which explains why the iron loss is independent of the load.

The flow of a current in any electrical system, however, also generates loss dependent upon the magnitude of that current and the resistance of the system. Transformer windings are no exception and these give rise to the load loss or copper loss of the transformer. Load loss is present only when the transformer is loaded, since the magnitude of the no-load current is so small as to produce negligible resistive loss in the windings. Load loss is proportional to the square of the load current.

Reactive and resistive voltage drops and phasor diagrams

The total current in the primary circuit is the phasor sum of the primary load current and the no-load current. Ignoring for the moment the question of resistance and leakage reactance voltage drops, the condition for a transformer supplying a non-inductive load is shown in phasor form in Fig. 1.2. Considering now the voltage drops due to resistance and leakage reactance of the transformer windings it should first be pointed out that, however the individual voltage drops are allocated, the sum total effect is apparent at the secondary terminals. The resistance drops in the primary and secondary windings are easily separated and determinable for the respective windings. The reactive voltage drop, which is due to the total flux leakage between the two windings, is strictly not separable into two components, as the line of demarcation between the primary and secondary leakage fluxes cannot be defined. It has therefore become a convention to allocate half the leakage flux to each winding, and similarly to dispose of the reactive voltage drops. Figure 1.3 shows the phasor relationship in a single-phase transformer supplying an inductive load having a lagging power factor of 0.80, the resistance and leakage reactance drops being allocated to their respective windings. In fact the sum total effect is a reduction in the secondary terminal voltage. The resistance and reactance voltage drops allocated to the primary winding appear on the diagram as additions to the e.m.f. induced in the primary windings.

Figure 1.4 shows phasor conditions identical to those in Fig. 1.3, except that the resistance and reactance drops are all shown as occurring on the secondary side.

Of course, the drops due to primary resistance and leakage reactance are converted to terms of the secondary voltage, that is, the primary voltage drops are divided by the ratio of transformation n, in the case of both step-up and step-down transformers. In other words the percentage voltage drops considered as occurring in either winding remain the same.

To transfer primary resistance values R1 or leakage reactance values X1 to the secondary side, R1 and X1 are divided by the square of the ratio of transformation n in the case of both step-up and step-down transformers.


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Table of Contents

Transformer theory, Design fundamentals, Basic materials, Transformer construction, Testing of transformers, Operation and maintenance, Special features of transformers for particular purposes, Transformer enquiries and tenders, Appendices

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