# Transformer Voltage Drop on Load.

Joined Apr 30, 2020
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Does the voltage drop depend on the transformer rating, specially when the transformer is overloaded? I am comparing two transformers with the same applied load, but different load rating (different MVA). The load is less than the MVA rating of one of the transformers, but more than the MVA rating of another one. Is the voltage drop the same for these two scenarios?

#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
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Yes. Voltage will drop when the transformer is loaded.

• GMKF

Joined Jul 18, 2013
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An example of this occurrence is in the older linear type wall-warts where the output was a simple rectified output and the rated voltage occurred when the rated load was placed on the unit.
The open circuit voltage, much higher.
Max.

#### crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
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Does the voltage drop depend on the transformer rating
In general, yes.
The drop is caused by the primary and secondary winding resistance and a transformer with a higher VA rating will have a lower winding resistance.
Actually, that's the main reason a higher VA rated transformer is larger than a lower VA rated, to allow room for the larger gauge, lower resistance wire.
If you could wind a transformer with superconducting wire, than the only limit on the transformer VA rating would be the current limit of the wire (the current where it becomes non-superconductive).

#### Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Voltage, Current and Load are all related. If the transformer can not carry the load (the amount of current drawn) the voltage will drop. Take for instance some fictitious numbers: Suppose your transformer is 12 volts and 1 amp. That means your load can be as big as 12 ohms. 12V ÷ 1A = 12Ω. But suppose the load is 10Ω. Well, 12V ÷ 10Ω = 1.2 amps. IF the transformer can not push that much amperage then the voltage will drop. So since this fictitious transformer is capable of 1 amp then the voltage will drop to 10V. 1A x 10Ω = 10V. Lets run the numbers even higher. Suppose the load is 8Ω: 1A x 8Ω = 8V. Now, suppose the transformer can push 2A: 2A x 8Ω = 16V. Since the transformer is rated for 12 volts - you won't see any voltage drop off.

Joined Apr 30, 2020
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Yes. Voltage will drop when the transformer is loaded.
Thanks. The transformers are:
1. 12.5MVA, 132kV/25kV
2. 25MVA, 132kV/25kV

#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
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How big is this transformer anyway if it can handle 25MVA?
We are talking about a different beast here.
Are your transmission feeder lines/connecting cables capable of carrying 100A/580A?

#### Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Sounds like a power pole transformer to me. Worrying about a voltage drop? 132,000 volts dropping down to 25,000 volts doesn't sound like a hobby transformer to me. Sounds more like an electric chair type of device (death comes easy with a single mistake).

#### panic mode

Joined Oct 10, 2011
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" The load is less than the MVA rating of one of the transformers, but more than the MVA rating of another one. "

you cannot do that. load MUST be less than transformer rating.

#### ci139

Joined Jul 11, 2016
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(quite frequently) the stacked alloy core tranformers are usually rated for each parameter's maximum = you either get 20V out of it or 1A but not both at the same time . . .

#### bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

Is this homework?

Bertus