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Add this information to what you know about delta transformers and you may be ready to solve
power quality problems
Last month's Code Calculations article covered transformer calculation definitions and some
specifics of delta transformer calculations. This month we turn our attention to the differences
between delta and wye transformers and to wye transformer calculations. e'll close by looking
at why it's so important to know how to perform these calculations, but you'll likely see the
reasons as we go.
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between the number of primary winding turns to the number of secondary winding turns ² and
thus a comparison between the primary phase voltage and the secondary phase voltage. For
typical delta/delta systems, the ratio is 2:1 ² but for typical delta/wye systems, the ratio is 4:1
() above).
If the primary phase voltage in a typical delta/delta system is 480V, the secondary phase voltage
is 240V. If the primary phase voltage in a typical delta/wye system is 480V, the secondary phase
voltage is 120V.
Delta and wye transformers also differ with regard to their phase voltage versus line voltage and
phase current versus line current. In a delta transformer,
In a wye transformer,
These differences affect more than just which formulas you use for transformer calculations. By
combining delta/delta and delta/wye transformers, you can abate harmonic distortion in an
electrical system. e'll look at that strategy in more detail after addressing wye transformer
calculations.
)) As this example shows, the line and phase currents are equal in a wye transformer.
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120V line current equals the phase current (IPhase = ILine) () on page C20).
Let's apply this to an actual problem. hat's the secondary phase current for a 150kVA, 480V to
208Y/120V, 3phase transformer ()( on page C20)? ILine=150,000VA÷(208V×1.732)=416A,
or IPhase=50,000VA÷120=416A
To find wye 3phase line and phase voltages, use the following formulas:
EPhase=ELine÷¥3
ELine=EPhase×¥3
Since each line conductor from a wye transformer is connected to a different transformer
winding (phase), the effects of 3phase loading on the line are the same as on the phase ()
on page C21). A 36kVA, 208V, 3phase load has the following effect:
Line power=36kVA
ILine=VALine÷(ELine×¥3)
ILine=36,000VA÷(208V×¥3)=100A
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you must make sure that the secondary transformer phases (windings) or the line conductors are
balanced. Note that balancing the panel (line conductors) is identical to balancing the transformer
for wye transformers. Once you balance the wye transformer, you can size it according to the
load on each phase. The following steps will help you balance the transformer:
)() Note the fourfold increase in phase current when working with a delta/wye transformer.
: Put onethird of the 3phase load on Phase A, onethird on Phase B, and onethird on
Phase C.
: Put onehalf of the singlephase, 208V load on Phase A and Phase B, or Phase B and
Phase C, or Phase A and Phase C.
)) In this example, note that the line and phase power and current are the same, since each
line conductor from a wye transformer is connected to a different transformer winding.
Now consider the following wye transformer sizing example: hat size transformer (480V to
208Y/120V, 3phase) would you need for the following loads: 208V, 36kVA, 3phase heat strip;
two 208V, 10kVA, singlephase loads; and three 120V, 3kVA singlephase loads?
a) three singlephase, 25kVA transformers
b) one 3phase, 75kVA transformer
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d) none of these
Phase A=23kVA
Phase B=22kVA
Phase C=20kVA
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22kVA, and 20kVA) should add up to the line total (65kVA). Always use a ³checksum´ like this
to ensure you have accounted for all items and the math is right.
If you're dealing with highharmonic loads, the maximum unbalanced load can be higher than the
nameplate kVA would indicate. Matching the transformer to the anticipated load then requires a
high degree of accuracy if you want to get a reasonable level of either efficiency or power
quality.
One approach to such a situation is to supply highharmonic loads from their own delta/delta
transformer. Another is to supply them from their own delta/wye and double the neutral. The
approach you choose will depend on the characteristics of your loads and how well you lay out
your power distribution system.
For example, you might put your computer loads (which have switching power supplies) on a
delta/delta transformer, which you would feed from a delta/wye transformer. This would greatly
reduce the presence of harmonics in the primary system, partly due to the absence of a neutral
connection. But the behavior of the delta/delta transformer itself, combined with the interaction
of delta/delta and delta/wye, will also cause a reduction in harmonics. Notice the word ³might´
in the question of whether to implement this kind of design. Grounding considerations can make
it an undesirable approach, depending on the various loads and the design of the overall electrical
system. Keep in mind that this is one of the many ways to mix and match transformers to solve
power quality problems.
Due to uptime or power quality concerns with complex loads, you may need to mix and match
transformer configurations as in the previous example. And that's something you can't do unless
you understand both delta and wye calculations.
Another issue is proper transformer loading. As a rule of thumb, 80% loading is a good target. If
you overload the transformer, though, it goes into core saturation and output consists of distorted
waveforms. The clipped peaks typical of saturated transformers cause excess heating in the
loads. This issue of transformer loading means you're going to have to perform the transformer
calculations just to get basic power quality and reasonable efficiency.
So it's important not to oversimplify your approach to transformer selection. It's usually best to
do all the calculations using the nameplate kVA. Then, design the distribution system as though
all loads are linear. hen that's done, identify which loads are high harmonic, such as electronic
ballasts, computer power supplies, and motors with varying loads. At this point, you can
efficiently work with a transformer supplier to develop a good solution.
Now that you understand delta and wye transformer calculations, you can see how important
they are to being able to do a quality installation any time you're specifying transformers or
considering adding loads to existing transformers. This ability is also important if you're trying to
solve a power quality problem or a problem with ³unexplained´ system trips. You may wish to
sharpen this ability by purchasing an electrical calculations workbook or taking on this kind of
work in your electrical projects.
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