Working of Potential transformer

Working of Potential transformer


working of potential transformer, application of potential transformer ,construction of potential transformerPotential transformer (voltage transformer) is used for protection and measurement. Actually they are protective type voltage transformer. They may be single phase or three phases. Voltage transformer is necessary for directional, voltage, distance protection. The primary of voltage transformer is connected to power circuit between phase and ground. The volt-ampere rating of potential transformer is less than power transformer. Hence potential transformer is that type transformer which protect from over voltage and also in earth fault protection. It works on law mutual induction as in simple transformer. It’s also used in calibration of measuring instrument.
Potential transformer is step down type transformer which steps down the voltage from high voltage to low voltage.


There are two type of construction

1. Electromagnetic potential transformer.

 In which primary and secondary are wound on magnetic core like in usual transformer. 

2. Capacitor potential transformer

In which potential transformer the primary voltage is applied to a series capacitor group. The voltage across one of the capacitors is taken to auxiliary voltage transformer. The secondary of auxiliary voltage transformer is taken for measurement or protection.

specification of potential transformer

1. Rated primary voltage 

The primary voltage marked on the rating plate of the voltage transformer. The method of connection of primary winding to system and system voltage should be considered while selecting the VT of correct primary voltage rating. There are several values of standard primary voltages. 

working of potential transformer, application of potential transformer ,construction of potential transformer 2. Rated transformation ratio 

The ratio of rated primary voltage to rated secondary voltage.

3. Rated secondary voltage 

100/ √3  =63.5V or 110/ √3   = 190V. it is the value of secondary voltage marked on the rating plate.

4. Residual voltage. 

it is defined as vector sum of three lime to earth voltages. 

5. Residual voltage transformer 

A three phase voltage transformer or a group of three single phases residually connected voltage transformer in which residual voltage appears across secondary terminals when three-phase voltages error is given in to primary winding.

6. Ratio error 

Percentage ratio error sometimes called percentage voltage error is given in below.

7. Voltage factor  

The upper limit of operating voltage (primary) is given by rated primary voltage x voltage factor, is specified for certain time.

Testing of potential transformer 

working of potential transformer, application of potential transformer ,construction of potential transformer

1. Error measurements  

The errors are generally measured by comparison method that is comparing the voltage transformer under test with a sub-standard voltage transformer of high accuracy and known errors. Errors are measured for various primary voltages. For burdens.

2. Core losses 

Measurement of core loss and exciting current are made to chek the quality of core material and short-circuits in winding between turns.

3. Insulation tests. 

Routine insulation tests are of two kinds, applied and induced over voltage tests. In applied tests, the primary winding is short-circuited and test voltage is applied between primary winding and earth, for specified time and of specified value.

4. High voltage tests

. Power frequency with stand test and impulse withstand tests.

5. Polarity test

 Match the polarity of PT.

Application potential transformer

Voltage transformer used of residual connection
For step down the voltage from high voltage to low voltage
It also provide over voltage protection
Range reduction of voltmeter
For Provide low output voltage
For provide supply in different type of panels

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