Subsation Transformer Ultimate Guide, You Need To Know

Substation transformer is important to power equipment in the power distribution system and power system. Mainly through the winding coil to achieve the purpose of adjusting the voltage. It plays an important role in the stability of the power system.

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Today I will talk to you about some problems related to substation transformers.


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1. What is a substation transformer?

2. How does a substation transformer work?

3. What type of substation transformer is there?

4. How much does a substation transformer weight?

5. Substation transformer testing

6. Custom transformer


What is a substation transformer?


Substation transformers are designed for installation in large or small three-phase transmission and distribution power systems. The installation location is common and must be on the indoor or outdoor concrete base, which needs to be designed by the power engineer in the early stage of project planning.


At the same time, the cables on the high-voltage side or low-voltage side of the transformer of the substation will be connected through the bushing at the throat type side end of the bushing at the top, so as to directly input the current into the operation room of other substation equipment, such as the control cabinet and other equipment.



In addition, substation transformers are generally oil-immersed. Mineral oil, vegetable oil, or siliceous transformer oil.



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Widely used in various utility or small industrial applications. Construction standards are generally based on IEC, IEEE or other international standards. If we talk about the voltage class of transformers in substations, the primary voltage of transformers in substations is usually a minimum of 2.4 kV and a maximum of 69 kV, which is based on the IEEE standard. The minimum capacity is 150KVA to the maximum 20MVA, and the secondary voltage can also be a minimum voltage of 0.6KV and a maximum voltage rating of 35KV.


At the same time, substation transformers can be divided into public substation transformers and personal industrial substation transformers in terms of usage scenarios:


* Utility substation transformers:

2000kva 33kv substation transformer

In this case, it is used by industrial power distribution companies, and then the output voltage is eventually used by private individual consumers. Output both single-phase and three-phase AC current. Some commonly used ones are 120V, 240V, 400V, and so on. Use in urban or rural power distribution equipment. Then input to multiple or single small capacity low voltage power transformers. The transformers of urban substations are usually built with bricks to form a protective wall, and the transformers of rural substations generally appear on the outdoor poles and towers.



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*Personal substation transformers


We understand that the substation transformer used by the end-user is for the personal use of the end-user. Generally, it is powered by grids with medium and low voltage levels and is used in schools, hospitals, restaurants, etc.


*There is also an underground substation transformer


Sometimes due to space limitations, an underground substation transformer is specially designed to meet environmental requirements. It is only the special requirements of the underground that we need to pay attention to:


For installations with limited space, special media and special oils need to be considered in terms of safety, and in terms of quality, the highest quality must be considered to minimize operational risks and economic benefits of machine operation.



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How does a substation transformer work?

How does a substation transformer work

The main power source of the transformer in the substation is to rely on the input alternating current in the distribution network to work. A simple understanding of the principle is that the transformer oil in the substation is composed of two adjacent winding coils. A magnetic field occurs when a voltage floats across one of the winding coils. The magnetic field that occurs here couples to the immediately adjacent coil winding, receives a voltage and reacts to it. The ratio of the induced voltage of the substation transformer to the loop of the winding coil becomes the forward proportional criterion. For example, when 10,000 loops are transmitted, 1,000 loops will be generated in the distribution test, and the voltage generated by the distribution test will be reduced by 10 times. This principle is well understood, so we can pressurize or depressurize according to the needs of using electricity, so that the balance performance of each part of the power grid can be well met, and the safety and economy of each circuit can be ensured.



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At the same time, substation transformers also include equipment that controls the entire transmission and distribution network. For example, the circuit breaker transformer is a small transformer, which is mainly used to monitor the safety performance and detect the current and power. In this way, the safe operation of the entire substation equipment can be achieved, complementing the substation transformers. Depending on the transmission and distribution losses, the voltage on the grid can swing outside the acceptable range.



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In fact, in many perspectives and aspects, the power system and even the substation transformer is a huge equipment system, which can be related to the life of each of us. Whether it is basic equipment or everyone's daily electricity consumption, electricity will be used, especially reliable and safe electricity. Although the size of the use site and the voltage level of the power used are different.


Each substation transformer is unique and customized. With the intelligentization of power equipment and the rapid development of various sustainable and environmentally friendly energy generation, it is believed that substation transformers will bring more challenges in our future life. And the possibility of developing more security and reliability.



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What types of substation transformer are there?

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Here we can divide it into many levels to understand the different types of substation transformers:


*To distinguish from the voltage level:

High Voltage Substation Transformer

The voltage range is a minimum of 11 kV to a maximum of 69 kV.



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EHV Substation

Voltage ranges from a minimum of 132 kV to a maximum of 440 kV.

There is a step-up from low voltage to high voltage, and a step-down substation transformer from high voltage to low voltage.


* At the same time, there is a substation transformer that does not change the voltage, which refers to a substation transformer that isolates power in a short period of time and plays a role in isolation and safety in the event of a power failure.



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*There is also a substation transformer that changes the frequency.

Because it changes the frequency, it is called a variable frequency substation transformer, which is less used by individual residents and mainly used in industrial substations.


More directly, there is a substation transformer that changes the AC/DC power supply. Mainly used in electroplating traction.


*There is also a difference based on the distribution location of the power grid: there are two main types.


Grid-type substations, which are mainly used to transmit high-voltage large-capacity electricity, can only be used in outdoor buildings and use.


The other is more common around our living environment, that is, urban and rural substation transformers. The main application is to operate at low and medium voltages from 10KV to 33KV.


The above is how to distinguish different substation transformers. We can understand it from a variety of perspectives and contexts.


How much does a substation transformer weight?

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* Dimension, weight, and loss are for reference. Will based on actual project, design and standard.


Substation transformer testing


Transformer testing has evolved over a long period of time and has continued to evolve since the transformer's inception. From the beginning of the simple test data is not satisfied to the test data can show the complex data and structure of the transformer from the outside to the inside, which undoubtedly proves that the transformer has played a safe and reliable professional role in the entire power development. We can now discuss the same and different test content under the most widely used IEC and IEEE standards.


 There are test contents under the IEC standard:

- Dielectric test

- Pulse test

- Lightning impulse test

- Pressure test

- Partial discharge measurement, full discharge test, harmonic discharge test

- Induced AC voltage test,

-No-load loss test, load loss test

-Temperature rise test

These tests can be mandatory or non-mandatory, but can be negotiated according to the manufacturer's actual experimental conditions and customer needs.


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Test content under IEEE standards

We should first consider resistance test, polarity test, phase relationship test, ratio test, no-load loss test, load loss test, and suitability temperature rise test, dielectric test. At the same time, in order to ensure the safety of the test and the damage to the transformer, the voltage part related to the current should be tested first.


In addition, the lightning test is not a mandatory test, especially under the condition of small capacity and voltage, a lightning test may cause catastrophic loss to the transformer, we can consider the sampling test under the conditions.


At the same time, there are low frequency tests, induced voltage tests, etc.


Custom transformer

Daelim has a strong and professional technical team, which can customize transformers according to your needs and technical parameters.Including but not limited to ANSI/IEEE AS/CSA/DOE /NEMA and other standards.


At the same time, Daelim also has a professional business team that can help you solve and advance transformer projects quickly and efficiently.


Daelim also produces oil-immersed distribution transformers, three-phase box transformers, single-phase padmounted transformers, single transformers, dry transformers and high voltage transformers. If you need, please feel free to contact Daelim.

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