Various Routine Test of Power Transformer-(Part-4)

(9) Magnetic Balance Test

 Test Purpose:

  • Magnetic balance test of transformer is conducted only on three phase transformers to check the imbalance in the magnetic circuit.

 Test Instrument:

  • Multi meter.
  • Mill Ammeter

 Test Circuit Diagram:

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Test Procedure:

  • First keep the tap changer of transformer in normal position.
  • Now disconnect the transformer neutral from ground.
  • Then apply single phase 230V AC supply across one of the HV winding terminals and neutral terminal.
  • Measure the voltage in two other HV terminals in respect of neutral terminal.
  • Repeat the test for each of the three phases.
  • In case of auto transformer, magnetic balance test of transformer should be repeated for IV winding also.
  • There are three limbs side by side in a core of transformer. One phase winding is wound in one limb. The voltage induced in different phases depends upon the respective position of the limb in the core.
  • The voltage induced in different phases of transformer in respect to neutral terminals given in the table below.
  • 415V, Two phase supply is to be applied to any two phases terminals on HV side of Power transformer and voltages in other two phase combination are to be measured with LT open.
  • Sum of the Resultant two values shall be equal to the voltage applied.

 

Applied Voltage (415V) Measured Voltage(V1) Measured Voltage(V2) Result
RY YB BR V=V1+V2
YB RY BR V=V1+V2
BR YB RY V=V1+V2

 

 (10) High Voltage tests on HV & LV Winding:

Test Purpose:

  • To checks the insulation property between Primary to earth, Secondary to earth and between Primary & Secondary.

 Test Instrument:

  • High Voltage tester ( 100KV & 3KV)

 Test Circuit Diagram:

UntitledTest Procedure:

  • HV high voltage test: LV winding connected together and earthed. HV winding connected together and given Following HV Supply for 1 minute.
  • LV high Voltage test: HV winding connected together and earthed. LV winding connected together and given Following HV Supply for 1 minute.
  • 433V Winding =3KV High Voltage
  • 11KV Winding =28KV High Voltage
  • 22KV Winding =50KV High Voltage
  • 33KV Winding =70KV High Voltage.

 

(11) Di electrical Test:

Test Purpose:

  • To check the ability of main insulation to earth and between winding
  • To checks the insulation property between Primary to earth, Secondary to earth and between Primary & Secondary.

 Test Instruments:

  • 3 Phase Variable Voltage & Frequency Source.
  • Auto Transformer.

 Test Procedure:

  •  The following Dielectric tests are performed in order to meet the transformer insulation strength expectations.
  • Switching impulse test: to confirm the insulation of the transformer terminals and windings to the earthed parts and other windings, and to confirm the insulation strength in the windings and through the windings.
  • Lightning impulse test : to confirm the transformer insulation strength in case of a lightning hitting the connection terminals
  • Separate source AC withstand voltage test: to confirm the insulation strength of the transformer line and neutral connection terminals and the connected windings to the earthed parts and other windings.
  • Induced AC voltage test (short duration ACSD and long duration ACLD ) : to confirm the insulation strength of the transformer connection terminals and the connected windings to the earthed parts and other windings, both between the phases and through the winding.
  • Partial discharge measurement: to confirm the “partial discharge below a determined level” property of the transformer insulation structure under operating conditions.

 Method No 1 (separate source voltage withstand test) Untitled

  • All the terminals of the winding under test should be connected together and the voltage should be applied.
  • The secondary windings of bushing type current transformers should be connected together and earthed. The current should be stable during test and no surges should occur.
  • A single phase power frequency voltage of shape approximately sinusoidal is applied for 60 seconds to the terminals of the winding under test.
  • The test shall be performed on all the windings one by one.
  • The test is successful if no breakdown in the dielectric of the insulation occurs during test.
  • During the Separate source AC withstand voltage test, the frequency of the test voltage should be equal to the transformer’s rated frequency or should be not less than 80% of this frequency. In this way, 60 Hz transformers can also be tested at 50 Hz. The shape of the voltage should be single phase and sinusoidal as far as possible.
  • This test is applied to the star point (neutral point) of uniform insulated windings and gradual (non-uniform) insulation windings. Every point of the winding which test voltage has been applied is accepted to be tested with this voltage.
  • The test voltage is measured with the help of a voltage divider. The test voltage should be read from voltmeter as peak value divided by2. Test period is 1 minute.

 Method No 2 (Induced source voltage withstand test)

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  • The aim of this test is to check the insulation both between phases and between turns of the windings and also the insulation between the input terminals of the graded insulation windings and earth
  • During test, normally the test voltage is applied to the low voltage winding. Meanwhile HV windings should be keeping open and earthed from a common point.
  • Since the test voltage will be much higher than the transformer’s rated voltage, the test frequency should not be less than twice the rated frequency value, in order to avoid oversaturation of the transformer core.
  • The test shall start with a voltage lower than 1/3 the full test voltage and it shall be quickly increased up to desired value.
  • The test voltage can either be measured on a voltage divider connected to the HV terminal or on a voltage transformer and voltmeter which have been set together with this voltage divider at the LV side. Another method is to measure the test voltage with a peak-value measuring instrument at the measuring-tap end of the capacitor type bushing (if any).
  • Test period which should not be less than 15 seconds.
  • It is calculated according ,Test period=120 seconds x ( Rated frequency / Test frequency )
  • The duration of the test shall be 60 second.
  • The test is accepted to be successful if no surges, voltage collapses or extreme increases in the current have occurred.

 Acceptance Criteria:

  • The test is successful if no break down occurs at full test voltage during test.

Method No 3 Lighting Impulse Test:

  • All the dielectric tests check the insulation level of the Transformer.
  • Impulse generator is used to produce the specified voltage impulse wave of 1.2/50 micro seconds wave
  • One impulse of a reduced voltage between 50 to 75% of the full test voltage and subsequent three impulses at full voltage.
  • For a three phase transformer, impulse is carried out on all three phases in succession.
  • The voltage is applied on each of the line terminal in succession, keeping the other terminals earthed.
  • The current and voltage wave shapes are recorded on the oscilloscope and any distortion in the wave shape is the criteria for failure.
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Jignesh Parmar has completed M.Tech (Power System Control), B.E(Electrical) from Gujarat University. He has more than 14 years experience in Power Transmission-Power Distribution-Electrical energy theft detection-Electrical Maintenance-Electrical Projects(Planning-Designing-coordination-Execution). He is Presently associate with one of the leading business group as a Deputy Manager at Ahmedabad,India. He is Freelancer Programmer of Advance Excel and design useful Excel Sheets of Electrical Engineering as per IS,NEC,IEC,IEEE codes. He is technical Author for "Electrical Mirror" and "Electrical India" Magazines. 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.

21 Responses to Various Routine Test of Power Transformer-(Part-4)

  1. Karzan Ismail says:

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  10. Mahesh says:

    Dear Jignesh, why we need to ground the neutral wire in HT Transformer ? why don’t we leave it as floating current to the load without grounding the neutral in delta star conversion.? pls explain with merits and demerits breifly?

  11. Amit kumar singh says:

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  17. Firdaush Alam says:

    sir how will i check faulty or healthy series reactor which in connected before VFD.

  18. pramod says:

    sir please provide notes on parallel operation of transformer having diffrent vector groups .

  19. Radhakrishna says:

    In DVDF test on transformer, test shall start with a voltage lower than 1/3 the full test voltage and it shall be quickly increased up to desired value. What is the reason for starting with low voltage & what is the frequency level during starting the test?

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