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Transformer Losses

Transformers have two major components that drive losses: the core and the coils. The typical core is an assembly of laminated steel, and core losses are mostly related to magnetizing (energizing) the core.

Spreadsheet for Transformer Losses Calculation
Spreadsheet for Transformer Losses Calculation

These losses, also known as no-load losses, are present all the time the transformer is powered on – regardless of whether there is any load or not.

Core losses are roughly constant from no-load to full-load when feeding linear loads. They represent a continuous cost, 24 hours/day, for the 25-year or more life of the transformer.

Formulas in spreadsheet

  • HV Full load current = VA / (1.732 · Volt)
  • LV Full load current = VA / (1.732 · Volt)
  • HV Side I2R losses = I²R · 1.5
  • LV Side I²R losses = I²R · 0.5 · 3
  • Total I² R lossses at Amb. temp = Hv losses + Lv losses
  • Total Stray losses at Amb. temp = Measured losses – I²R losses
  • I²R lossses at 75° C temp = ((225 + 75) · losses) / (225 + Amb. temp) .
  • Stray losses at 75° C temp=((225 + Amb. temp)(Stray losses at Amb. temp)) / 300
  • Total Full load losses at 75° C = I²R losses at 75° C + Stray losses at 75° C
  • Total Impedance at amb. temp = (Imp. voltage · 1.732) / Full load current
  • Total Resistance at amb. temp = I²R losses / I²
  • Total Reactance (X) = SQRT (Impedance² – Resistance²)
  • Resistance at 75° C = (300 · resistance at amb ) / (225 + Amb. temp)
  • Impedance at 75° C = SQRT (R² at 75° C + X²)
  • Percentage Impedance = (Z at 75° C · I · 100)/V1
  • Percentage Resistance = ( R 75° C · I · 100)/V1
  • Percentage Reactance = (X · I · 100) / V
  • Regulation at Unity P.F. = (%R cosø + %Xsinø)
  • Regulation at 0.8 P.F. = (%R cosø + %Xsinø) + 1/200(%R sinø – %Xcosø)2

Efficiency at Unity P.F

  • At 125 % of Transformer Loading = (kVA · 1.25 · 100)/((kVA · 1.25)+(I²R losses · 1.25²)+(No Load Losses))

Efficiency at 0.8 P.F

  • At 125 % of Transformer Loading = (kVA · 1.25 · P.F. · 100)/((kVA · P.F. · 1.25)+(I²R losses · 1.25²)+(No Load Losses))

Contribution to transformer losses

Load level varies widely, with some installations running very heavily loaded and others more lightly loaded.

This difference substantially impacts actual losses incurred. Unfortunately, there is a small body of field data available, driven by the factors such as a lack of awareness of the cost of the losses, and the cost of gathering detailed data from a reasonable number of individual transformers.

Several variables contribute to transformer losses, the most important of which include load level, load profile, and core and coil construction.

Since there are a wide variety of transformers on the market serving different purposes, and available from different manufacturers, actual losses incurred in the field will vary substantially from installation to installation.

Software:Spreadsheet for Transformer Losses Calculation
Version:10.06.2013 New
Developer:Jignesh Parmar
Size:36 Kb
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Spreadsheet for Transformer Losses Calculation
Spreadsheet for Transformer Losses Calculation

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  1. Rishi
    May 12, 2023

    In Copper loss, why it is multiplied by 1.5 and 0.5 for HV & LV side?

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