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# Transformer Short Circuit

Performance
Tutorial of Cigre Working Group A2.19
Convener: Jim Fyvie, Scotland, 2002
Updated by: Jos Veens, Netherlands, 2009

## Develop the WG Philosophy

How do we deal with different cultures.
Small, Medium, Large (Power Transformers)

## How do we allow for manufacturing differentials.

Coreform: Disc, Spiral, Layer; Shellform: Pancake.

Green-Orange-Red

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Structure of WG12.19

## Service Conditions Field Survey

Design Calculation

Design Review

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Results TF#1
Service Conditions Field Survey
S/C Tests = 23 % failures in 3934 Tests

## Field Failures = 0.0123 % failures in 121460

Transformer years

Transformers,
> 25 MVA
1996: 8 tested
1997: 6 tested
1998: 12 tested
1999: 15 tested

## Results of Round Robin TF#2

Design Calculation
Made the design data of a large transformer
(400 MVA, 220 kV) available for comparision.
The axial fields were very similar

## Poor agreement on Axial forces.

on the outer boundaries.

## Short-Circuit Calculations: steps

Fault Currents
Field Distribution
Force Distribution
Mechanical Stresses
Mechanical Strength

LV

2Drotational
symmetric

HV

(magneti
c
circuit on
left side)

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Fault Currents
I_fault_rms = V1 / Z ;
(Z = Z_grid + Z_transformer)
I_fault _rms = 100 / Z% x In
I_fault_peak = I_fault_rms x peak factor (2.55/2.69/2.77)

## Forces :: (I fault peak)^2

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Components of Force

Forces
LV
(inward)

Forces
HV
Axial Forces (outward)

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(due to the axial field)

LV

HV

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2a

## (pressure, forces on winding lead-out)

2bt2
(Forces translated
Into pressure on copper)

crit
crit

E h2

4 R2

E ( ) (t r N ) 2

12 D 2

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Examples of deformation

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Axial Forces

LV

HV

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## Axial forces; deformation effects

Continuously Transposed Conductor
Rectangular Copper Conductor

Wcrit

c t 2 starea 2 E b CSA

30 LMT
b

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Clamping Arrangement

(A-leg)

(B-leg)

(C-leg)

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(Winding
support
structure
collapsed
)

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Strength ?

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Results of TF#3
Design Review
Relational equations were agreed
This allows for different manufacturers constants to be used.

## Equations for Critical Stress were agreed

With the basic material strength and shape factors dependant on
construction and conductor type.

## Design Review to be Interrogative rather than

Comparative.
Allows manufacturers to explain their philosophy.

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Conductor Profiles

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Windings

LV
Stress

Strength

HV + Tap
Stress

Strength

Tap
Stress

Strength

## Compressive Stress on Stampings(MPa)

Axial Bending Stress(MPa)
Compressive Stress on Sticks(Mpa)
Hoop Stress(MPa)
Tilting Force(Tonnes)
Winding End Axial Force Top/Bottom
(Tonnes)

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Manufacturing Ability
Winding Techniques
Processing
Dimensioning
Support Structures

Internal to winding
External to winding

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Winding Techniques
Vertical winding
Normally used for HV windings with all round
access for winders. Interleaved windings and
shielded windings. Continuous disc windings may
be wound out and spun back to keep tight.

Horizontal winding
Used for large LV windings with parallel CTCs
winding supplied from a hanging catenary to keep
tension and prevent caging, or under tension if
strip. Windings must be free from gaps.

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Processing
Insulation must be consolidated, ie
fully dried and shrunk.
No gaps within the windings and all
major insulation fully oil impregnated
with hot de-gassed oil.
No locked oil pockets and Cooling
ducts the correct size.

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Dimensioning
The leakage field plots are carried out
by using the design dimensions with
some building tolerance.
The units must be manufactured within
this tolerance or the calculations are
meaningless.
A, d and Diameters must be correct
and the windings must be balanced
axially.
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Supporting Structures
The inner winding must have round radial
support, else we cannot claim the higher buckling
mode criteria.

Core

## The Copper must have the correct hardness.

The lead ends must be supported or the
windings will twist and move all the supporting
blocks.
The Clamps must tolerate the end forces and
any pre-load on the windings, and allow for any
lifting required.

LV

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Check List of TF #3
(by no means complete)

## Are the fault currents correct

Is the field model suitable
Is the force program suitable
Is the construction suitable
Are the materials suitable
Are the strength values traceable
Is the failure risk acceptable
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## Results from TF#4

Diagnostic & Monitoring
Techniques Reviewed

Winding Capacitances
Magnetising currents
Leakage reactance
Low Voltage Impulse
Frequency Response Analysis

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## Need for Detection Means

Visual inspection (in the field) is
Significant winding shrinkage can occur
with age.
Winding displacement may take place
strength against future short circuits.
Detection of those displacements
provides early warning of impeding failures
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Winding Capacitance(s)
Requires standard test equipment .
Sensitivity depends on the type of fault
More effective when it is possible to make
separate measurements for each phase
HV
LV

C between LV and HV
Core

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Magnetising current

## Require only very simple

equipment
Easiest way of detecting
any shorted turns
Limited sensitivity for other
types of faults

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Impedance
Probably the most widely accepted method of
detecting winding movement
technique is simple and requires relatively
standard equipment
Impedance often differ significantly between
phases
most winding mechanical failures can be
diagnosed by impedance measurements
Provides a numerical criterion for test conclusion
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## Impedance change example

(from actual tests in short circuit testing station)

## IEC : < 1 % change (coreform transformer)

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## Frequency response analysis (FRA)

Detection of change in a global quantity:
May be Winding capacitance.
or Magnetising current
or Impedance.

## Shows in local change in signal

propagation in:
Low Voltage Impulse (LVI, not so repeatable)
Frequency Response Analysis (FRA)
range: 10 kHz-2 MHz; interpretation always together
with results of the previous measurement types

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WG 12.19 members:
Convenor; Jim Fyvie U.K.
TF #1 Anders Lindroth Sweden TF #2 Kees Spoorenberg Netherlands
TF #3 Jim Fyvie U.K.
TF #4 John Lapworth U.K.
Members;
Serge Therry Switzerland
Anatoly Panibratetz Russia
Endre Matthe Hungary Rafael Gonzalez Spain
Masami Ikeda Japan
Wolfgang Knorr Germany
Horoshi Murakami Japan
Eric Chemin France
Hasse Nordman Finland
Volodimir Zaitsev Ukraine
Victor Lazarev Ukraine
Willi Felber Austria
Benedikt Damm Austria Bob Del Vecchio USA
Gerard Robert France Luis Cheim Brasil
Chen Kui China
V Pitsuriya Thailand
Tim Noonan Ireland
Walter Wasinger Australia

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Cigr
Technical
Brochure
N 209 2002
(for core-type and
shell-type transformers)

http://www.e-cigre.org

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## IEC Standard: 60076-5 Ed. 3.0 (2006-02)

Title: Ability to withstand short circuit
Annex A (informative)
Theoretical evaluation of the ability
to withstand the dynamic effects of short circuit

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