POWER TRANSFORMER TANK CONSTRUCTION TYPES BASICS AND TUTORIALS

Several types of transformer tank construction are used to prevent exposingliquid to the atmosphere.

These types are as follows:

Free breathing: This type is open to the atmosphere (i.e., the airspace above the liquid is at atmospheric pressure). The transformer breathes as the air pressure and temperature change outside the tank.  Some of these transformers can be equipped with dehydrating compounds in the breather.

Conservator or expansion-tank: These transformers are equipped with small expansion tanks above the transformer tank. The transformer tank is completely filled with oil, and the transformer breathes by means of this small tank, usually through a dehydrating compound.

The purpose of the small tank is to seal the transformer fl uid from the atmosphere and to reduce oxidization and formation of sludge.

Sealed tank: These transformers are equipped with an inert gas, such as nitrogen that is under pressure above the liquid in the transformer tank. Generally, the pressure range for this type of transformer is −8 to +8 lb/in.2

Gas-oil sealed: These transformers have an auxiliary tank to completely seal the interior tank, containing transformer liquid, from the atmosphere.

Vaporization: This type of transformer uses a special nonflammable insulating fluid, such as florocarbon (General Electric R-113), which is nonflammable, and a special condenser assembly welded on top of the transformer tank.

The cooling tube ends are swaged and welded to tube headers. This transformer uses the technique of sprayed liquid on core and coil assembly (i.e., vaporization cooling known as pool boiling).

The purpose of the condenser is to cool the boiling vapor into liquid for continued circulation of the fluid.

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