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General Electric power transformer nameplate (50 MVA Substation Power Transformer with Load Tap Changer)
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Star-Delta Connection Overview

In this type of transformer connection, then primary is connected in star fashion while the secondary is connected in delta fashion as shown in the Figure 1 below.

Transformer Connection - Star-Delta
Figure 1 – Transformer Connection – Star-Delta

The voltages on primary and secondary sides can be represented on the phasor diagram as shown in the Figure 2 below.

Phasor diagram with voltages on primary and secondary sides
Figure 2 – Phasor diagram with voltages on primary and secondary sides

Key points

  1. As Primary in Star connected
  2. Line voltage on Primary side = √3 X Phase voltage on Primary side. So
  3. Phase voltage on Primary side = Line voltage on Primary side / √3
  4. Now Transformation Ration (K) = Secondary Phase Voltage / Primary Phase Voltage
  5. Secondary Phase Voltage = K X Primary Phase Voltage.
  6. As Secondary  in delta connected:
  7. Line voltage on Secondary side = Phase voltage on Secondary side.
  8. Secondary Phase Voltage = K X Primary Phase Voltage. =K X (Line voltage on Primary side / √3)
  9. Secondary Phase Voltage = (K/√3 ) X Line voltage on Primary side.
  10. There is s +30 Degree or -30 Degree Phase Shift between Secondary Phase Voltage to Primary Phase Voltage

Advantages of Star Delta Connection

  1. The primary side is star connected. Hence fewer numbers of turns are required. This makes the connection economical for large high voltage step down power transformers.
  2. The neutral available on the primary can be earthed to avoid distortion.
  3. The neutral point allows both types of loads (single phase or three phases) to be met.
  4. Large unbalanced loads can be handled satisfactory.
  5. The Y-D connection has no problem with third harmonic components due to circulating currents inD. It is also more stable to unbalanced loads since the D partially redistributes any imbalance that occurs.
  6. The delta connected winding carries third harmonic current due to which potential of neutral point is stabilized. Some saving in cost of insulation is achieved if HV side is star connected. But in practice the HV side is normally connected in delta so that the three phase loads like motors and single phase loads like lighting loads can be supplied by LV side using three phase four wire system.
  7. As Grounding Transformer: In Power System Mostly grounded Y- ∆ transformer is used for no other purpose than to provide a good ground source in ungrounded Delta system. Take, for example, a distribution system supplied by connected (i.e., ungrounded) power source.
    If it is required to connect phase-to-ground loads to this system a grounding bank is connected to the system, as shown in Figure 3 below:

    Y-D Grounding transformer
    Figure 3 – Y-D Grounding transformer

  8. This system a grounding bank is connected to the system, as shown in Figure 3. Note that the connected winding is not connected to any external circuit in Figure 3.
  9. With a load current equal to 3 times i, each phase of the grounded Y winding provides the same current i, with the  -connected secondary winding of the grounding bank providing the ampere-turns required to cancel the ampere-turns of the primary winding. Note that the grounding bank does not supply any real power to the load; it is there merely to provide a ground path. All the power required by the load is supplied by two phases of the ungrounded supply.

Disadvantages of Star-Delta Connection

In this type of connection, the secondary voltage is not in phase with the primary. Hence it is not possible to operate this connection in parallel with star-star or delta-delta connected transformer.

One problem associated with this connection is that the secondary voltage is shifted by 300 with respect to the primary voltage. This can cause problems when paralleling 3-phase transformers since transformers secondary voltages must be in-phase to be paralleled. Therefore, we must pay attention to these shifts.

If secondary of this transformer should be paralleled with secondary of another transformer without phase shift, there would be a problem.


It is commonly employed for power supply transformers. This type of connection is commonly employed at the substation end of the transmission line. The main use with this connection is to step down the voltage. The neutral available on the primary side is grounded. It can be seen that there is phase difference of 30° between primary and secondary line voltages.

Commonly used in a step-down transformer, Y connection on the HV side reduces insulation costs the neutral point on the HV side can be grounded, stable with respect to unbalanced loads. As for example, at the end of a transmission line. The neutral of the primary winding is earthed.

In this system, line voltage ratio is 1/√3 Times of transformer turn-ratio and secondary voltage lags behind primary voltage by 30°. Also third harmonic currents flow in the to give a sinusoidal flux.

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Jignesh Parmar

Jignesh Parmar has completed M.Tech (Power System Control), B.E (Electrical). He is member of Institution of Engineers (MIE), India. He has more than 20 years experience in transmission & distribution-energy theft detection and maintenance electrical projects.


  1. Anirban Bhattacharya
    May 16, 2023

    Transformer rating 1500kva
    Primary volt 800V connected instar and secondary volt 11kv connected in delta, percentage impedance is 4 ohm. Then please calculate the fault current…

  2. Baba
    Nov 07, 2021

    I guess figure 1 has some mistake like V/a, it should be just V, should it not ?

  3. Shirish G Shukla
    Sep 07, 2021

    I am using Star / Delta (Yd11) transformer along with Load balancing unit for heater application. I need clarification / guidance about in primary of transformer will be provided winding for neutral or it will directly (separately) earth.

  4. Niwamanya Joshua
    Mar 19, 2021

    Are delta connected transformer applicable in low voltage distribution?

  5. Souvik
    Jan 15, 2021

    Why phase to phase short do not occur in delta point in transformers while they are out of phase. But in case of LT/HT line phase to phase short occurs.

  6. Allan Atsu
    Aug 08, 2018

    I need a 10 – 15 kva 3 phase distribution transformer that can provide 120 volts power to appliances from a power system that provides 240 volts line to neutral.

    What kind of primary and secondary winding would be suitable, Y-Y, D-Y, D-D, or Y-D ?

    I’d very much appreciate your expertise.

    Allan Atsu

  7. Mahesh mandwarya
    Jul 28, 2018

    How the secondary side of the transformer and it’s bus is protected in Star delta type transformer.
    Pl explain in details

  8. mohamed elsayed
    May 06, 2017


  9. Mohanan Nair
    Dec 22, 2016

    Dear Er. Jignesh,
    When we use star delta step down TR( like in SVC- 220/25KV), assume that no grounding TR is used. In that case the ground stabilaization of LV winding is possible only through the neutral point of the LV -VT.
    Is it adequate to mitigate capacitive coupled votage rise of the LV winding with reference to ground?
    Or a static shielded TR LV is required? Is their any risk of HV to LV capacitance resonating with VT primary impedence? Mohanan Nair, Senior Engineer, NG, KSA

  10. shantilal
    Dec 09, 2016

    how to measure the impedance of three winding transformer we have 1.5kva 11000v /320-320v transformer three winding please solve my problem. thank you.

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