Definition: The electrical transformer is a static device which consists of two or more stationary electric circuits interlinked by a common magnetic circuit for the purpose of transferring electrical energy between them. The transfer of energy from one circuit to another take place without a change in frequency.
Construction and Working of an Electrical Transformer
Consider two coils 1 and 2 wounds on a simple magnetic circuit as shown in the figure. These two coils are insulated from each other, and there is no electrical connection between them. Let T1 and T2 be the number of turns in coils 1 and 2 respectively.
When a source of alternating voltage V1 is applied to coil 1, an alternating current I0 flows in it. The alternating current produced an alternating flux φm in the magnetic circuit. The means path of this flux is shown in the figure above by the dotted line. The alternating flux links the turns T1 of coil 1 and induces in them an alternating voltage E1 by self-induction.
All the flux produced by coil 1 also links T2 turns of coil 2 and induces in them a voltage E2 by mutual induction. If coil 2 is connected to load than an alternating current will flow through it, and the energy will deliver to the load.
The electrical energy is transferred from coil 1 to coil 2 by a common magnetic circuit. Since there is no relative motion between the coils, the frequency of induced voltage in coil 1 is the same as the frequency of the applied voltage to coil 1.
The coil 1 which receives the energy from the source of AC supply is called the primary coil or primary winding. Coil 2 which is connected to a load and delivers energy to the load, is called the secondary coil or secondary windings. The circuit symbol for the two windings transformer is shown in the figure below. The vertical bars represent the magnetic coupling between the windings.
The emf induced in each winding of the transformer can be calculated from its emf equation.
If, Bm = maximum flux density in the magnetic circuit in Tesla (T)
A = area of cross-section of the core in square meter (m2)
Voltage Ratio and Turns Ratio
The ratio of E/T is called volts per turn. The primary and secondary volts per turns is given by the formula
The ratio of primary to secondary turn which equals to primary to secondary induced voltage indicates how much the primary voltage lowered or raised. The turn ratio or induced voltage ratio is called the transformation ratio, and it denoted by the symbol a. Thus,