Autotransformer

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Cerkit, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. Cerkit

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    Jan 4, 2009
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    Hi.

    Can someone explain how anautotransformer taps?

    I understand there is a single coil on a core, then depending on which output leads along the coil you tap from it will dictate what the voltage will be, tap down or up. But I don't understand the reference to a series coil I have seen in many explanations?

    What is the series coil, is it just a coil involved with the tapping mechanism?

    Thanks
     
  2. dl324

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    Although wikipedia information is sometimes incorrect, it's still a good first starting point
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autotransformer

    There is only one winding. Post information regarding this so called "series coil".
     
  3. MaxHeadRoom

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    Just that the primary supply and the secondary take off are in series instead of two separate windings in parallel.
    Max.
     
  4. Cerkit

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    Ok. In the example of a regulator as shown in the diagram below, it would appear that the output voltage is being tapped at a point in between the series and the shunt winding, is this correct? How does that work, or is the diagram misleading?

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