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Transformer and its principles

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A transformer is a passive component that transfers electrical energy from one circuit to another circuit or circuits.A changing current in any coil of a transformer produces a changing magnetic flux in the transformer core, which induces a changing electromotive force (EMF) on any other coil wound on the same core.Electrical energy can be transferred between separate coils without a metallic (conductive) connection between the two circuits.Faraday's law of induction,discovered in 1831, describes the effect of an induced voltage in any coil due to a change in the magnetic flux surrounding the coil.Transformers are used to change the AC voltage level, this type of transformer is known as a step-up or step-down type to increase or decrease the voltage level respectively. Transformers are also used to provide galvanic isolation between circuits, and to couple stages of signal processing circuits.Since the invention of the first constant potential transformer in 1885, transformers have become an important part of the transmission, distribution and utilization of alternating current.A wide variety of transformer designs are encountered in electronics and power applications.Transformers range in size from radio-frequency transformers that are less than a cubic centimeter in size to units weighing hundreds of tons for interconnecting power grids.Transformer-chnzbtech


An ideal transformer is linear, lossless and perfectly coupled Perfect coupling implies infinitely high core permeability and winding inductance and zero net magnetomotive force (ie ipnp − isns = 0).A changing current in the transformer primary winding creates a changing magnetic flux in the transformer core, which is also surrounded by the secondary winding.This changing flux in the secondary winding induces a changing emf or voltage in the secondary winding. This phenomenon of electromagnetic induction is the basis for transformer action, and according to Lenz's law, the secondary current thus generated generates a magnetic flux equal and opposite to that generated by the primary winding.The windings are wound on an iron core with infinitely high magnetic permeability, so all the magnetic flux passes through the primary and secondary windings.The voltage source is connected to the primary winding, the load is connected to the secondary winding, the transformer current flows in the specified direction,and the magnetomotive force of the iron core cancels to zero.According to Faraday's law, since the same magnetic flux passes through the primary and secondary windings of an ideal transformer, a voltage proportional to the number of its windings is induced in each winding.The transformer winding voltage ratio is equal to the winding turns ratio.An ideal transformer is a reasonable approximation of a typical commercial transformer,with voltage ratios and winding turns ratios that are both inversely proportional to the corresponding current ratios.The load impedance of the primary circuit is equal to the square of the turns ratio multiplied by the load impedance of the secondary circuit.

Real Transformer

Deviation from ideal transformers

The ideal transformer model ignores the following fundamental linear aspects of real transformers:

Core losses, collectively referred to as magnetizing current losses, include.

Hysteresis losses due to nonlinear magnetic effects in the transformer core, and the eddy current loss due to Joule heating of the iron core is proportional to the square of the voltage applied to the transformer.

Unlike the ideal model, the windings in a real transformer have non-zero resistance and inductance:

1. Joule losses due to primary and secondary winding resistance

2. Leakage flux escaping from the core and through one winding causes only primary and secondary reactive impedances.

3. Similar to an inductor,parasiticcapacitance and self-resonance phenomenon occur due to electric field distribution.Usually three kinds of parasitic      capacitances are considered and the closed-loop equations are provided .

4. Capacitance between adjacent turns in any layer;

5. Capacitance between adjacent layers;

6. Capacitance between the core and layers adjacent to the core;

Incorporating capacitance into a transformer model is complex and rarely attempted; the equivalent circuit for a "real" transformer model shown below does not include parasitic capacitance.However, the capacitive effect can be measured by comparing the open circuit inductance (i.e. the inductance of the primary winding when the secondary circuit is open) to the short circuit inductance of the secondary winding when it is shorted.

Leakage flux

An ideal transformer model assumes that all flux generated by the primary winding connects all turns of each winding, including itself.In practice, some of the flux traverses a path that takes it outside the winding.This flux, known as leakage flux, causes leakage inductance in series with the mutually coupled transformer windings.Leakage flux causes energy to be alternately stored in and released from the magnetic field for each cycle of the power supply.Rather than a direct power loss, it results in poor voltage regulation, causing the secondary voltage to not be proportional to the primary voltage, especially at heavy loads.Therefore, transformers are usually designed with very low leakage inductance.In some applications, increased leakage is required, and long magnetic paths, air gaps,or magnetic bypass shunts may be deliberately introduced into the transformer design to limit the short-circuit current it will supply.Leakage transformers can be used to power loads that exhibit negative resistance, such as electric arcs, mercury and sodium lamps, and neon lights, or to safely handle loads that are periodically short-circuited, such as arc welders.Air gaps are also used to prevent saturation of transformers, especially audio transformers in circuits with DC components in the windings.The saturable reactor uses the saturation of the iron core to control the alternating current.

Knowledge of leakage inductance is also useful when transformers are operated in parallel.It can be shown that if two transformers have the same impedance percentage and associated winding leakage reactance resistance (X/R) ratio, the transformers will share the load power in proportion to their respective ratings.However, commercial transformers have wide impedance tolerances. Also, the impedance and X/R ratio of transformers of different sizes tend to be different.

  • Equivalent Circuit

  • Referring to this figure, the physical behavior of a real transformer can be represented by an equivalent circuit model,which can include an ideal transformer. 

  • The winding Joule losses and leakage reactance are represented by the following series loop impedance of the model:

  • Primary winding: RP, XP

  • Secondary windings: RS, XS.

  • In normal circuit equivalent transformations, RS and XS are actually usually referred to the primary side by multiplying these impedances by the square of the turns ratio (NP/NS) 2 = a2.

  • Iron losses and reactance are represented by the following shunt branch impedances of the model:

  • Iron loss or iron loss: RC.

  • Magnetizing reactance: XM.

RC and XM are collectively referred to as the magnetization branch of the model.

Core loss is primarily caused by hysteresis and eddy current effects in the core and is proportional to the square of the core flux operating at a given frequency.142–143 Finite-permeability cores require a magnetizing current IM to maintain mutual flux in the core.The magnetizing current is in phase with the magnetic flux, and the relationship between the two is nonlinear due to saturation effects.However, all impedances of an equivalent circuit are linear by definition,and this nonlinear effect is usually not reflected in a transformer equivalent circuit. 142 For a sinusoidal power supply, the core flux lags the induced electromotive force by 90°.When the secondary winding is open, the excitation branch current I0 is equal to the no-load current of the transformer.

The resulting model, while sometimes called an "exact" equivalent circuit based on the assumption of linearity, retains many approximations, can simplify the analysis by assuming that the magnetized branch impedance is relatively high and relocating the branch to the left of the primary impedance.This introduces errors, but allows combining the primary and reference secondary resistance and reactance by simply summing as two series impedances.Transformer equivalent circuit impedance and transformation ratio parameters can be obtained by the following tests: open circuit test, short circuit test, winding resistance test, transformation ratio test.

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