# Delta-Star Connection of Transformer

## (3) Delta-Star Connection of Transformer

• In this type of connection, the primary connected in delta fashion while the secondary current is connected in star.

• The main use of this connection is to step up the voltage i.e. at the begining of high tension transmission system. It can be noted that there is a phase shift of 30° between primary line voltage and secondary line voltage as leading.

## Key point:

• As primary in delta connected:
• Line voltage on primary side = Phase voltage on Primary side.
• Now Transformation Ration (K) = Secondary Phase Voltage / Primary Phase Voltage
• Secondary Phase Voltage = K X Primary Phase Voltage.
• As Secondary in Star connected
• Line voltage on Secondary side = √3 X Phase voltage on Secondary side. So,
• Line voltage on Secondary side = √3 X K X Primary Phase Voltage.
• Line voltage on Secondary side = √3 X K X Primary Line Voltage.
• There is s +30 Degree or -30 Degree Phase Shift between Secondary Phase Voltage to Primary Phase Voltage

• Cross section area of winding is less at Primary side: On primary side due to delta connection winding cross-section required is less.
• Used at Three phase four wire System: On secondary side, neutral is available, due to which it can be used for 3-phase, 4 wire supply system.
• No distortion of Secondary Voltage: No distortion due to third harmonic components.
• Handled large unbalanced Load: Large unbalanced loads can be handled without any difficulty.
• Grounding Isolation between Primary and Secondary: Assuming that the neutral of the Y-connected secondary circuit is grounded, a load connected phase-to-neutral or a phase-to-ground fault produces two equal and opposite currents in two phases in the primary circuit without any neutral ground current in the primary circuit. Therefore, in contrast with the Y-Y connection, phase-to-ground faults or current unbalance in the secondary circuit will not affect ground protective relaying applied to the primary circuit. This feature enables proper coordination of protective devices and is a very important design consideration.
• The neutral of the Y grounded is sometimes referred to as a grounding bank, because it provides a local source of ground current at the secondary that is isolated from the primary circuit.
• Harmonic Suppression: The magnetizing current must contain odd harmonics for the induced voltages to be sinusoidal and the third harmonic is the dominant harmonic component. In a three-phase system the third harmonic currents of all three phases are in phase with each other because they are zero-sequence currents. In the Y-Y connection, the only path for third harmonic current is through the neutral. In the ∆ -Y connection, however, the third harmonic currents, being equal in amplitude and in phase with each other, are able to circulate around the path formed by the ∆ connected winding. The same thing is true for the other zero-sequence harmonics.
• Grounding Bank: It provides a local source of ground current at the secondary that is isolated from the primary circuit. For suppose an ungrounded generator supplies a simple radial system through ∆-Y transformer with grounded Neutral at secondary as shown Figure. The generator can supply a single-phase-to-neutral load through the -grounded Y transformer.
• Let us refer to the low-voltage generator side of the transformer as the secondary and the high-voltage load side of the transformer as the primary. Note that each primary winding is magnetically coupled to a secondary winding The magnetically coupled windings are drawn in parallel to each other.

• Through the second transformer law, the phase-to-ground load current in the primary circuit is reflected as a current in the A-C secondary winding. No other currents are required to flow in the A-C or B-C windings on the generator side of the transformer in order to balance ampere-turns.
• Easy Relaying of Ground Protection: Protective relaying is MUCH easier on a delta-wye transformer because ground faults on the secondary side are isolated from the primary, making coordination much easier.  If there is upstream relaying on a delta-wye transformer, any zero-sequence current can be assumed to be from a primary ground fault, allowing very sensitive ground fault protection.  On a wye-wye, a low-side ground fault causes primary ground fault current, making coordination more difficult.  Actually, ground fault protection is one of the primary advantages of delta-wye units.

• In this type of connection, the secondary voltage is not in phase with the primary. Hence it is not possible to operate this connection in parallel with star-star or delta-delta connected transformer.
• One problem associated with this connection is that the secondary voltage is shifted by 300 with respect to the primary voltage. This can cause problems when paralleling 3-phase transformers since transformers secondary voltages must be in-phase to be paralleled. Therefore, we must pay attention to these shifts.
• If secondary of this transformer should be paralleled with secondary of another transformer without phase shift, there would be a problem.

## Applications:

• Commonly used in a step-up transformer:As for example, at the beginning of a HT transmission line. In this case neutral point is stable and will not float in case of unbalanced loading. There is no distortion of flux because existence of a Δ -connection allows a path for the third-harmonic components. The line voltage ratio is √3 times of transformer turn-ratio and the secondary voltage leads the primary one by 30°. In recent years, this arrangement has become very popular for distribution system as it provides 3- Ø, 4-wire system.
• Commonly used in commercial, industrial, and high-density residential locations: To supply three-phase distribution systems. An example would be a distribution transformer with a delta primary, running on three 11kV phases with no neutral or earth required, and a star (or wye) secondary providing a 3-phase supply at 400 V, with the domestic voltage of 230 available between each phase and an earthed neutral point.
• Used as Generator Transformer:The ∆-Y transformer connection is used universally for connecting generators to transmission systems because of two very important reasons. First of all, generators are usually equipped with sensitive ground fault relay protection. The ∆-Y transformer is a source of ground currents for loads and faults on the transmission system, yet the generator ground fault protection is completely isolated from ground currents on the primary side of the transformer. Second, rotating machines can literally be

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### 18 Responses to Delta-Star Connection of Transformer

1. Raju says:

Sir If I want to connect a 1MVA, 600v PV source to the grid by stepping up 11kv, what will be the number of primary and secondary turn of a delta-star 3 phase transformer ?

2. Sir please clear, that when one of the phase incomming on the main side of the transformer is cut and grounded what voltage and current conditions wil it reflect on the secondary of 11KV/433V, 100KVA Transformer

3. enggsanjeev says:

transformer name plate show ( DY11) ITS MEANING explained . and transformer how many type of test, explained. transformer rating is 33kv/415 volt ,3.15 MVA ,

4. Saransh Sharma says:

Sir,
Delta- star Confirguration is also useful in 300V / 33KV ….

5. Jeff says:

Hello,

Why would communication messengers only be bonded to a primary grounding conductor in a delta Y system ? Would it best not to ground to it where the messenger is bonded to the secondary neutral at other intervals ?

Thnanks

6. VENKATESH says:

Hello sir,
name plate details shows a LV amperes is 84 A in Dyn11 63 KVA 11KV/433V 3 phase transformer, yes In star side line current = phase current.. my question is
can i connect R phase to load A which draws an amount of 52 A and Y phase to load B which draws 58 A and B phase to load C which draws 43 A ? (i am assuming that transformer gives 84 A in each phase)

7. muslim hashim says:

hello sir,
i’m a new tech. how i connect my machine to output transformer 3 phase star with neutral connect to ground. is it i need to combined the ground and neutral shorted?
thanks

8. riyaz says:

Mr. Jignesh… i got a doubt…
can we use a delta / star transformer in ship?
in above T/F, is star point need to be grounded?
in ships, cant point cant be achieved? so can i use a delta / star T/F in ships???

9. ahmed says:

very good website thanks alot

10. Karan says:

Kuchh naya likho

11. faisal says:

Where use star delta

12. Jude says:

hi i got some questions for you

13. sreedhar says:

Dear Sir , is it possible to design a transformer as per the below spec …
We feel that primery delta is complicated , pls suggest ..
TRANSFORMER 20 KVA SPECIFICATION:

PRY VOLTAGE:200-208-215-223V-DELTA ;
SEC.VOLTAGE(I):24.4V-STAR,SEC VOLTAGE(2):24.4V-DELTA,
FRQ-400 HZ,
LAMINATION CARGO E&I CORE SIZE 0.35MM THK,
INSULATION CLASS”F” SHOULD WITHSTAND CONTINOUS TEMP 155 DEG C

14. Portable generator 6000 watts says:

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