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Temperature Rise Test of Transformer


A temperature rise test of a transformer is an important test that should be included in any type test of an oil transformer. In this test, we check whether the temperature rising limit of the transformer winding and transformer oil is as specified by the manufacturer.

Fig. 1. Temperature Rise Test of Transformer

Fig. 1. Temperature Rise Test of Transformer

Temperature Rise Test for Top Oil of Transformer

  1. First, the LV winding of the transformer is short-circuited.
  2. Then one thermometer is placed in a pocket in the transformer top cover. The other two thermometers are placed at the inlet and outlet of the cooler bank respectively.
  3. The voltage of such value is applied to the HV winding that power input is equal to no load losses plus load losses corrected to a reference temperature of 75 .
  4. The total losses are measured by three Wattmeters method.
  5. During the test, hourly readings of top oil temperature are taken from the thermometer already placed in the pocket of the top cover.
  6. Hourly readings of the thermometers placed at the inlet and outlet of the cooler bank are also noted to calculate the mean temperature of the oil.
  7. Ambient temperature is measured by means of a thermometer placed around the transformer at three or four points situated at a distance of 1 to 2 meters from and halfway up the cooling surface of the transformer.
  8. Temperature rise test for top oil of transformer should be continued until the top oil temperature has reached an approximate steady value that means testing would be continued until the temperature increment of the top oil becomes less than 3 in one hour. This steady value of the top oil is determined as the final temperature rise of transformer insulating oil.
  9. There is another method of determination of oil temperature. Here the test is allowed to be continued until the top oil temperature rise does not vary more than 1℃ per hour for four consecutive hours. The lowest reading during this time is taken as the final value for the temperature rise of the oil.
    Fig. 3. Method for determining the final temperature rise of oil

    Fig. 3. Method for determining the final temperature rise of oil


During the temperature rise test for the top oil of the transformer, we short-circuit the LV winding and apply a voltage to the HV winding. So for full load rated current flows in the transformer, the supply voltage required will be much less than the rated transformer voltage. We know that the core loss of a transformer depends upon voltage. So there will not be any considerable core losses occurring in the transformer during this test. But for getting an actual temperature rise in the transformer oil, we have to compensate for the lack of core losses by additional copper loss in the transformer. To make up for these losses, transformer’s draw much more current from a source than the transformer’s rated value.

Temperature rise limits of transformer when it is oil immersed, given in the table below:

Temperature rise limit for air as cooling medium Temperature rise limit for water as cooling medium Condition
Winding 55 60 When oil circulation is natural
60oC 65 When oil circulation is forced
Top Oil 50 55 When transformer is sealed &equipped with conservator tank
45 50 When transformer is neither sealed nor equipped with conservator tank


NB: These temperature rises limits mentioned in the above table are the temperature rise above the temperature of cooling medium. That means these are the difference between winding or oil temperature and temperature of cooling air or water.

Winding Temperature Rise Test on Transformer

  1. After completion of temperature rise test for top oil of transformer the current is reduced to its rated value for transformer and is maintained for one hour.
  2. After one hour the supply is switch off and short circuit and supply connection to the HV side and short circuit connection to the LV side are opened.
  3. But, the fans and pumps are kept running (if any).
  4. Then resistance of the windings are measured quickly.
  5. But there is always a minimum 3 to 4 minutes time gap between first measurement of resistance and the instant of switching off the transformer, which cannot be avoided.
  6. Then the resistances are measured at the same 3 to 4 minutes time intervals over a period of 15 minutes.
  7. Graph of hot resistance versus time is plotted, from which winding resistance (R2) at the instant of shut down can be extrapolated.
  8. From this value, θ2, the winding temperature at the instant of shutdown can be determined by the formula given below:

Where, R1 is the cold resistance of the winding at temperature t1.


For determining winding temperature rise we have to apply the above discussed indirect method. That means hot winding resistance is measured and determined first and then from that value we have to calculate the winding temperature rise, by applying resistance temperature relation formula. This is because unlike oil the winding of transformer is not accessible for external temperature measurement.

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