## Calculate voltage drop

Let’s calculate voltage drop in transformer **1000KVA**, **11/0.480 kV**, impedance** 5.75%** due to starting of **300 kW**, **460V**, **0.8 power factor**, **motor code D (kva/hp)**. Motor starts **2 times per hour** and the allowable voltage drop at transformer secondary terminal is **10%**.

Calculation can be checked by using this MS Excel Spreadsheet dedicated especially to this kind of problem.

**Ok, let’s get into the calculations…**

### Motor current / Torque

**Motor full load current = (Kw x 1000) / (1.732 x Volt (L-L) x P.F**

- Motor full load current = 300 × 1000 / 1.732 x 460 x 0.8 = 471 Amp.
**Motor locked rotor current = Multiplier x Motor full load current**

### Locked rotor current (Kva/Hp)

Motor Code | Min | Max |

A | 3.15 | |

B | 3.16 | 3.55 |

C | 3.56 | 4 |

D | 4.1 | 4.5 |

E | 4.6 | 5 |

F | 5.1 | 5.6 |

G | 5.7 | 6.3 |

H | 6.4 | 7.1 |

J | 7.2 | 8 |

K | 8.1 | 9 |

L | 9.1 | 10 |

M | 10.1 | 11.2 |

N | 11.3 | 12.5 |

P | 12.6 | 14 |

R | 14.1 | 16 |

S | 16.1 | 18 |

T | 18.1 | 20 |

U | 20.1 | 22.4 |

V | 22.5 |

- Min. motor locked rotor current (L1) = 4.10 × 471 = 1930 Amp
- Max. motor locked rotor current (L2) = 4.50 × 471 = 2118 Amp
**Motor inrush Kva at Starting (Irsm) = Volt x locked rotor current x Full load current x 1.732 / 1000**- Motor inrush Kva at Starting (Irsm) = 460 x 2118 x 471 x 1.732 / 1000 = 1688 kVA

## Transformer

**Transformer full load current = kVA / (1.732 x Volt)**- Transformer full load current = 1000 / (1.73 2× 480) = 1203 Amp.
**Short circuit current at TC secondary (Isc) = Transformer full load current / Impedance**- Short circuit current at TC secondary = 1203 / 5.75 = 20919 Amp
**Maximum kVA of TC at rated Short circuit current (Q1) = (Volt x Isc x 1.732) / 1000**- Maximum kVA of TC at rated Short circuit current (Q1) = 480 x 20919 x 1.732 / 1000 = 17391 kVA
**Voltage drop at transformer secondary due to Motor Inrush (Vd) = (Irsm) / Q1**- Voltage drop at transformer secondary due to Motor inrush (Vd) = 1688 / 17391 = 10%
- Voltage drop at Transformer secondary is 10% which is within permissible limit.
**Motor full load current ≤ 65% of Transformer full load current**- 471 Amp ≤ 65% x 1203 Amp = 471 Amp ≤ 781 Amp

Here voltage drop

**is within limit**and Motor full load current ≤ TC full load current.Size of Transformer is Adequate.

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