Scott-T Connection of Transformer

(6) Scott-T Connection of Transformer:

       Transforming 3 Phase to 2 Phase:

  • There are two main reasons for the need to transform from three phases to two phases,
  1. To give a supply to an existing two phase system from a three phase supply.
  2. To supply two phase furnace transformers from a three phase source.
  • Two-phase systems can have 3-wire, 4-wire, or 5-wire circuits. It is needed to be considering that a two-phase system is not 2/3 of a three-phase system. Balanced three-wire, two-phase circuits have two phase wires, both carrying approximately the same amount of current, with a neutral wire carrying 1.414 times the currents in the phase wires. The phase-to-neutral voltages are 90° out of phase with each other.
  • Two phase 4-wire circuits are essentially just two ungrounded single-phase circuits that are electrically 90° out of phase with each other. Two phase 5-wire circuits have four phase wires plus a neutral; the four phase wires are 90° out of phase with each other.

  • The easiest way to transform three-phase voltages into two-phase voltages is with two conventional single-phase transformers. The first transformer is connected phase-to-neutral on the primary (three-phase) side and the second transformer is connected between the other two phases on the primary side.
  • The secondary windings of the two transformers are then connected to the two-phase circuit. The phase-to-neutral primary voltage is 90° out of phase with the phase-to-phase primary voltage, producing a two-phase voltage across the secondary windings. This simple connection, called the T connection, is shown in Figure
  • The main advantage of the T connection is that it uses transformers with standard primary and secondary voltages. The disadvantage of the T connection is that a balanced two-phase load still produces unbalanced three-phase currents; i.e., the phase currents in the three-phase system do not have equal magnitudes, their phase angles are not 120° apart, and there is a considerable amount of neutral current that must be returned to the source.

 The Scott Connection of Transformer:

  • A Scott-T transformer (also called a Scott connection) is a type of circuit used to derive two-phase power from a three-phase source or vice-versa. The Scott connection evenly distributes a balanced load between the phases of the source.
  • Scott T Transformers require a three phase power input and provide two equal single phase outputs called Main and Teaser. The MAIN and Teaser outputs are 90 degrees out of phase. The MAIN and the Teaser outputs must not be connected in parallel or in series as it creates a vector current imbalance on the primary side.
  • MAIN and Teaser outputs are on separate cores. An external jumper is also required to connect the primary side of the MAIN and Teaser sections.
  • The schematic of a typical Scott T Transformer is shown below:         
  • Scott T Transformer is built with two single phase transformers of equal power rating. The MAIN and Teaser sections can be enclosed in a floor mount enclosure with MAIN on the bottom and Teaser on top with a connecting jumper cable. They can also be placed side by side in separate enclosures.
  • Assuming the desired voltage is the same on the two and three phase sides, the Scott-T transformer connection consists of a center-tapped 1:1 ratio main transformer, T1, and an 86.6% (0.5√3) ratio teaser transformer, T2. The center-tapped side of T1 is connected between two of the phases on the three-phase side. Its center tap then connects to one end of the lower turn count side of T2, the other end connects to the remaining phase. The other side of the transformers then connects directly to the two pairs of a two-phase four-wire system.


  • The Scott-T transformer connection may be also used in a back to back T to T arrangement for a three-phase to 3 phase connection. This is a cost saving in the smaller kVA transformers due to the 2 coil T connected to a secondary 2 coil T in-lieu of the traditional three-coil primary to three-coil secondary transformer. In this arrangement the Neutral tap is part way up on the secondary teaser transformer . The voltage stability of this T to T arrangement as compared to the traditional 3 coil primary to three-coil secondary transformer is questioned

                             Key Point:

  • If the main transformer has a turn’s ratio of 1: 1, then the teaser transformer requires a turn’s ratio of 0.866: 1 for balanced operation. The principle of operation of the Scott connection can be most easily seen by first applying a current to the teaser secondary windings, and then applying a current to the main secondary winding, calculating the primary currents separately and superimposing the results.

        Load connected between phaseY1 and phase Y2 of the secondary:

  • Secondary current from the teaser winding into phase X1 =1.0 <90°
  • Secondary current from the teaser winding into phase X2 =-1.0< 90°
  • Primary current from H3 phase into the teaser winding= 1.1547< 90°
  • Primary current from H2  phase into the main winding= 0.5774 <90°
  • Primary current from H1 phase into the main winding= -0.5774< 90°
  • The reason that the primary current from H3 phase into the teaser winding is 1.1547 due to 0.866: 1 turn’s ratio of the teaser, transforming 1/0.866= 1.1547 times the secondary current. This current must split in half at the center tap of the main primary winding because both halves of the main primary winding are wound on the same core and the total ampere-turns of the main winding must equal zero.

            Load connected between phase X2 and phase X1 of the secondary:

  • Secondary current from the main winding into phase X2 =1.0< 0°
  • Secondary current from the main winding into phase X4= -1.0 <0°
  • Primary current from H2 phase into the main winding =1.0 <0°
  • Primary current from H1 phase into the main winding=- 1.0 <0°
  • Primary current from H3 phase into the teaser winding= 0
  • Superimpose the two sets of primary currents:
  • I H3= 1.1547 <90° +0= 1.1547 <90°
  • I H2 =0.5774 <90° +1.0< 0°= 1.1547 < 30°
  • I H1 =0.5774 <90°+ 1.0 <0°=1.1547 <210°
  • Notice that the primary three-phase currents are balanced; i.e., the phase currents have the same magnitude and their phase angles are 120° apart. The apparent power supplied by the main transformer is greater than the apparent power supplied by the teaser transformer. This is easily verified by observing that the primary currents in both transformers have the same magnitude; however, the primary voltage of the teaser transformer is only 86.6% as great as the primary voltage of the main transformer. Therefore, the teaser transforms only 86.6% of the apparent power transformed by the main.
  • We also observe that while the total real power delivered to the two phase load is equal to the total real power supplied from the three-phase system, the total apparent power transformed by both transformers is greater than the total apparent power delivered to the two-phase load.
  • The apparent power transformed by the teaser is 0.866 X IH1= 1.0 and the apparent power transformed by the main is 1.0X IH2 =1.1547 for a total of 2.1547 of apparent power transformed.
  • The additional 0.1547 per unit of apparent power is due to parasitic reactive power owing between the two halves of the primary winding in the main transformer.
  • Single-phase transformers used in the Scott connection are specialty items that are virtually impossible to buy ‘‘off the shelf ’’ nowadays. In an emergency, standard distribution transformers can be used

Advantages of the Scott T Connection:

  • If desired, a three phase, two phase, or single phase load may be supplied simultaneously
  • The neutral points can be available for grounding or loading purposes

Disadvantages when used for 3 Phase Loading

  • This type of asymmetrical connection (3 phases, 2 coils), reconstructs three phases from 2 windings. This can cause unequal voltage drops in the windings, resulting in potentially unbalanced voltages to be applied to the load.
  • The transformation ratio of the coils and the voltage obtained may be slightly unbalanced due to manufacturing variances of the interconnected coils.
  • This design’s neutral has to be solidly grounded. If it is not grounded solidly, the secondary voltages could become unstable.
  • Since this design will have a low impedance, special care will have to be taken on the primary protection fault current capacity. This could be an issue if the system was designed for a Delta-Star connection.
  • The inherent single phase construction and characteristics of this connection produces a comparatively bulky and heavier transformer when compared with a normal three phase transformer of the same rating.


  • For Industrial Furnace Transformer.
  • For Traction Purpose: The power is obtained from the 220 kV or 132 kV or 110 kV or 66 kV, three-phase, effectively earthed transmission network of the State Electricity Board, through single-phase transformers or Scott connected transformer installed at the Traction Substation. The primary winding of the single-phase transformer is connected to two phases of the transmission network or Where Scott-connected transformer is used, the primary windings are connected to the three phases of the transmission network.
  • The single-phase transformers at a Traction Substation are connected to the same two phases of the transmission network (referred as single-phase connection), or alternatively to different pairs of phases- the three single phase transformers forming a delta-connection on the primary side. Out of three single-phase transformers, one transformer feeds the overhead equipment (OHE) on one side of the Traction Substation, another feeds the OHE on the other side of the Traction Substation, and the third remains as standby. Thus the two single-phase transformers which feed the OHE constitute an open-delta connection (alternatively, referred as V-connection) on the three-phase transformers network. The Scott-connected transformer and V-connected single-phase transformers are effective in reducing voltage imbalance on the transmission network. The spacing between adjacent substations is normally between 70 and 100 km.

About Jignesh.Parmar (B.E,Mtech,MIE,FIE,CEng)
Jignesh Parmar has completed M.Tech (Power System Control), B.E(Electrical). He is member of Institution of Engineers (MIE) and CEng,India. Membership No:M-1473586.He has more than 16 years experience in Transmission -Distribution-Electrical Energy theft detection-Electrical Maintenance-Electrical Projects (Planning-Designing-Technical Review-coordination -Execution). He is Presently associate with one of the leading business group as a Deputy Manager at Ahmedabad,India. He has published numbers of Technical Articles in “Electrical Mirror”, “Electrical India”, “Lighting India”,”Smart Energy”, “Industrial Electrix”(Australian Power Publications) Magazines. He is Freelancer Programmer of Advance Excel and design useful Excel base Electrical Programs as per IS, NEC, IEC,IEEE codes. He is Technical Blogger and Familiar with English, Hindi, Gujarati, French languages. He wants to Share his experience & Knowledge and help technical enthusiasts to find suitable solutions and updating themselves on various Engineering Topics.

32 Responses to Scott-T Connection of Transformer

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  3. Amrish says:

    What happens if we have a delta-wye transformer 3 phase which is coupled to a 2 phase source? This occured because one of the switch did not closed during coupling the transformer to the source. Can u calculate the voltages which appears on the transformer? what happens if this transformer is coupled with another delta-wye transformer?

    Kind regards,

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  6. JAYDIP PATEL says:

    Can we use Scott transformer for Three phase to single phase out put , by connected two out put in series. or any other method for three phase to single phase (output two lines)conversion ?

  7. Sayantan Mondal says:

    can you please elaborate about how to convert two phase to three phase using a Scott transformer? how do we provide the supply to the primary side in that case?

  8. sweety says:

    I want a technical note on open delta connection of 3 phase transformer

  9. Rakshita says:

    Can you please find out and tell me why teaser transformer is called ‘teaser transformer’ ? Why this name only ? Why not some other name ? what is the reason behind giving this name ?

  10. yoga says:

    Same process for converting 3-phase transformer to single phase transformer

  11. vamsi says:

    why scottconnection is tapped to 50% and 86.6% only

  12. Hari Bhajan Singh says:

    Jignesh, Have you done study with unequal loads on the single phase 1 and single phase 2, taking some typical combination of values,say 1:3, 2.5, 2, 1.5, 0.8, 0.6, 0.4? What is the level of unbalance on the primary?

  13. priya says: scott connection 3 phase supply is converted to 2 phase supply,is it balanced?how? scott connection ,how will you check that the supply is 2 phase

  14. Caka says:

    Allah razı olsun

  15. himanshu mishra says:

    why 86.6% used for taping??

  16. krishnan says:

    what the primary volt and secondary volt answer please

  17. abhishek says:

    can a scott connected transformer convert two phase supply to three phase supply

  18. keshav kumar says:

    sir i hv three phase drive with 230v supply , but problem is i hv single phase motor 230v 22 w , when i use drive supply as motor output than drive stop supply and display show “open phase ” so give me solution if you have can i run single phase motor with three phase balancing supply

  19. ch.jagadish says:


  20. anil mishra says:

    i under stand dip ply but how we gate 3phase in put to single phase out put with one terminal earth

  21. Ayesha says:

    Why the primary voltage of teaser transformer 86.6% grater as main transformer

  22. pramod pandey says:

    Dear sir.
    please help to me about scott transformer.our requirement of scott transformer capacity is each one 1350 KVA,11KV /500 V ,
    Line 1 phase ,50 HZ
    this will be use for furnace boosting

  23. Prakash Ambike says:

    3pH 480V I/P / 1Ph 0-200V-220V-240V, 1.5 KVA. Winding connection reuired.

  24. leela jyothi says:

    please put lot about scott connection

  25. shankar bhat says:

    Is it possible to make parallel of 2 phase in case of 1 PH is the requirment ?

  26. Vinod Kumar Malik says:

    Dear Mr. Jignesh,

    Thanks for sharing your valuable experience on the above topic, I have one important query, kindly reply as the earliest possible. The question is as under:

    In a TSS two Traction Transformers (two phase incomimg & two phase out going) are connected with a three phase supply, In my opinion, this will create voltage imbalance on the incoming three phase network. Pl clarify.

  27. srinivas says:

    Can you explain how we are getting 90degrees phase angle between two secondaries voltages…with phasor diagram….??
    Thank you….

  28. Thangarasu S says:

    How can we identify Earth fault on secondary of Scott transformer ? if secondary un grounded system ?

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