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O.C Test & S.C. Test of Single Phase Transformer

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The O.C test and S.C. test of single phase transformer is done in order to find all the parameter of transformer. It is also done to find the iron loss and cu loss occuring in x mer at any load.


Open Circuit Test (O.C. Test)

The experimental circuit to conduct O.C test is shown in the figure.

Fig 1. Experimental circuit for O.C. test
       The transformer primary is connected to a.c. supply through ammeter, wattmeter and variac. The secondary of transformer is kept open. Usually low voltage side is used as primary and high voltage side as secondary to conduct O.C test.
       The primary is excited by rated voltage, which is adjusted precisely with the help of a variac. The wattmeter measures input power. The ammeter measures input current. The voltemeter gives the value of rated primary voltage applied at rated frequency.
       Sometimes a voltmeter may be connected across secondary to measure secondary voltage which is V= Ewhen primary is supplied with rated voltage. As voltmeter resistance is very high, though voltmeter is connected, secondary is treated to be open circuit as voltmeter current is always negligibly small.
      When the primary voltage is adjusted to its rated value with the help of variac, readings of ammeter and wattmeter are to be recorded.

The observation table is as follows

V= Rated voltage
W= Input power
I= Input current = no load current

       As transformer secondary is open, it is on no load. So current drawn by the primary is no load current Io. The two components of this no load current are,

I= Isin Φo
I= Icos Φo
where  cos Φo = No load power factor
And hence power input can be written as,
W= VIcos Φo
The phasor diagram is shown in the Fig. 2.

Fig. 2
       As secondary is open, I= 0. Thus its reflected current on primary is also zero. So we have primary current I=Io. The transformer no load current is always very small, hardly 2 to 4 % of its full load value. As I= 0, secondary copper losses are zero. And I= Iis very low hence copper losses on primary are also very very low. Thus the total copper losses in O.C. test are negligibly small. As against this the input voltage is rated at rated frequency hence flux density in the core is at its maximum value. Hence iron losses are at rated voltage. As output power is zero and copper losses are very low, the total input power is used to supply iron losses. This power is measured by the wattmeter i.e. Wo. Hence the wattmeter in O.C. test gives iron losses which remain constant for all the loads.

...          W= Pi  = Iron losses
Calculations : We know that,
W= VIcos Φ
cos Φo = W/(Vo I) = no load power factor
Once cos Φo is known we can obtain,
Ic  = Icos Φo
and        I= Isin Φo
Once Ic  and Iare known we can determine exciting circuit parameters as,
R= V/I  Ω
and        X= V/Im   Ω

Key Point : The no load power factor cos Φo is very low hence wattmeter used must be low power factor type otherwise there might be error in the results. If the meters are connected on secondary and primary is kept open then from O.C. test we get Roand Xo with which we can obtain Rand Xknowing the transformation ratio K.
Short Circuit Test (S.C. Test)

In this test, primary is connected to a.c. supply through variac, ammeter and voltmeter as shown in the Fig. 3.

Fig. 3 Fig 1. Experimental circuit for O.C. test
       The secondary is short circuited with the help of thick copper wire or solid link. As high voltage side is always low current side, it is convenient to connect high voltage side to supply and shorting the low voltage side.
       As secondary is shorted, its resistance is very very small and on rated voltage it may draw very large current. Such large current can cause overheating and burning of the transformer. To limit this short circuit current, primary is supplied with low voltage which is just enough to cause rated current to flow through primary which can be observed on an ammeter. The low voltage can be adjusted with the help of variac. Hence this test is also called low voltage test or reduced voltage test. The wattmeter reading as well as voltmeter, ammeter readings are recorded. The observation table is as follows,
       Now the current flowing through the windings are rated current hence the total copper loss is full load copper loss. Now the voltage supplied is low which is a small fraction of the rated voltage. The iron losses are function of applied voltage. So the iron losses in reduced voltage test are very small. Hence the wattmeter reading is the power loss which is equal to full load copper losses as iron losses are very low.

...           Wsc = (Pcu) F.L. = Full load copper loss
Calculations : From S.C. test readings we can write,
Wsc = Vsc Isc cos Φsc 
...            cos Φsc = Vsc Isc /Wsc = short circuit power factor
Wsc = IscR1e = copper loss
...             R1e =Wsc /Isc2
while        Z1e =Vsc /Isc = √(R1e2 + X1e2)
...             X1e = √(Z1e2 – R1e2)

       Thus we get the equivalent circuit parameters R1e, X1e and Z1e. Knowing the transformation ratio K, the equivalent circuit parameters referred to secondary also can be obtained.
Important Note : If the transformer is step up transformer, its primary is L.V. while secondary is H.V. winding. In S.C. test, supply is given to H.V. winding and L.V is shorted. In such case we connect meters on H.V. side which is transformer secondary through for S.C. test purpose H.V side acts as primary. In such case the parameters calculated from S.C. test readings are referred to secondary which are R2e, Z2e and X2e. So before doing calculations it is necessary to find out where the readings are recorded on transformer primary or secondary and accordingly the parameters are to be determined. In step down transformer, primary is high voltage itself to which supply is given in S.C. test. So in such case test results give us parameters referred to primary i.e. R1e, Z1e and X1e.
Key point : In short, if meters are connected to primary of transformer in S.C. test, calculations give us R1e and Z1e if meters are connected to secondary of transformer in S.C. test calculations give us R2e and Z2e.
Calculation of Efficiency from O.C. and S.C. Tests

We know that,
From O.C. test, W=  P
From S.C. test,  Wsc = (Pcu) F.L.

Thus for any p.f. cos Φ2 the efficiency can be predetermined. Similarly at any load which is fraction of full load then also efficiency can be predetermined as,

where       n = fraction of full load

where       I2= n (I2) F.L.

Calculation of Regulation

From S.C. test we get the equivalent circuit parameters referred to primary or secondary.

       The rated voltages V1, V2 and rated currents (I1) F.L. and (I2) F.L. are known for the given transformer. Hence the regulation can be determined as,

where I1, I2 are rated currents for full load regulation.
For any other load the currents I1, I2 must be changed by fraction n.
...    I1, I2 at any other load = n (I1) F.L., n (I2) F.L.

Key Point : Thus regulation at any load and any power factor can be predetermined, without actually loading the transformer
In this way we can find all the parameters of single phase transformer. If u have any query related to this topic then u should comment below or message me on fb.


  1. anil says:

    thnx for giving me information about oc and sc test..

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