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CONTENT
1. Introduction to the Company
a. About the Company
b. Vision
c. Strategies
d. Evolution
2. Introduction to the Project
3. Project Report
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Badarpur Thermal Power Station
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ABOUT THE COMPANY

NTPC, the largest power Company in India, was setup in 1975 to accelerate power development
in the country. It is among the world’s largest and most efficient power generation companies. In
Forbes list of World’s 2000 Largest Companies for the year 2007, NTPC occupies 411th place.

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NTPC has installed capacity of 29,394 MW. It has 15 coal based power stations (23,395 MW), 7

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75,000 MW company by 2017.
NTPC has gone
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mining, power
equipment
manufacturing, oil &
gas exploration, power
trading & distribution.
NTPC is now in the
entire power value
chain and is poised to become an Integrated Power Major.
NTPC's share on 31 Mar 2008 in the total installed capacity of the country was 19.1% and it
contributed 28.50% of the total power generation of the country during 2007-08. NTPC has set
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new benchmarks for the power industry both in the area of power plant construction and
operations.
With its experience and expertise in the power sector, NTPC is extending consultancy services
to various organizations in the power business. It provides consultancy in the area of power
plant constructions and power generation to companies in India and abroad.
In November 2004, NTPC came out with its Initial Public Offering (IPO) consisting of 5.25% as
fresh issue and 5.25% as offer for sale by Government of India. NTPC thus became a listed
company with Government holding 89.5% of the equity share capital and rest held by
Institutional Investors and Public. The issue was a resounding success. NTPC is among the
largest five companies in India in terms of market capitalization.

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NTPC as one of the jewels of Public Sector 'Navratnas'- a potential global giant. Inspired by its
glorious past and vibrant present, NTPC is well on its way to realize its vision of being "A world
class integrated power major, powering India's growth, with increasing global presence".
VISION
A world class integrated power major, powering India's growth with increasing global presence.

Mission
Develop and provide reliable power related products and services at competitive prices,
integrating multiple energy resources with innovative & Eco-friendly technologies and
contribution to the society

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Core Values - BCOMIT


• Business ethics

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• Organizational & Professional Pride

• Mutual Respect & Trust

• Innovation & Speed

• Total Quality for Excellence


STRATEGIES

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Technological Initiatives
 Introduction of steam generators (boilers) of the size of 800 MW
 Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Technology
 Launch of Energy Technology Center -A new initiative for development of technologies
with focus on fundamental R&D
 The company sets aside up to 0.5% of the profits for R&D
 Roadmap developed for adopting ‘Clean Development
 Mechanism’ to help get / earn ‘Certified Emission Reduction

Corporate Social Responsibility


 As a responsible corporate citizen NTPC has taken up number of CSR initiatives
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 NTPC Foundation formed to address Social issues at national level
 NTPC has framed Corporate Social Responsibility Guidelines committing up to 0.5% of
net profit annually for Community Welfare Measures on perennial basis
 The welfare of project affected persons and the local population around NTPC projects
are taken care of through well drawn Rehabilitation and Resettlement policies
 The company has also taken up distributed generation for remote rural areas

Environment Management
Management
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 Various groups to care of environmental issues
 The Environment Management Group
 Ash Utilization Division
 Afforestation Group
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EVOLUTION
NTPC was set up in 1975 with 100% ownership by the Government of
1975 India. In the last 30 years, NTPC has grown into the largest power
utility in India.

In 1997, Government of India granted NTPC status of “Navratna’ being


1997 one of the nine jewels of India, enhancing the powers to the Board of
Directors.

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INTRODUCTION
Power Station (also referred to as generating station or power plant) is an industrial facility for
the generation of electric power. Power plant is also used to refer to the engine in ships, aircraft
and other large vehicles. Some prefer to use the term energy center because it more accurately
describes what the plants do, which is the conversion of other forms of energy, like chemical
energy, gravitational potential energy or heat energy into electrical energy. However, power
plant is the most common term in the U.S., while elsewhere power station and power plant are
both widely used, power station prevailing in many Commonwealth countries and especially in
the United Kingdom.

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At the center of nearly all power stations is a generator, a rotating machine that converts
mechanical energy into electrical energy by creating relative motion between a magnetic field
and a conductor. The energy source harnessed to turn the generator varies widely. It depends
chiefly on what fuels are easily available and the types of technology that the power company
has access to.
In thermal power stations, mechanical power is produced by a heat engine, which transforms
thermal energy, often from combustion of a fuel, into rotational energy. Most thermal power
stations produce steam, and these are sometimes called steam power stations. About 80% of all
electric power is generated by use of steam turbines. Not all thermal energy can be transformed
to mechanical power, according to the second law of thermodynamics. Therefore, there is
always heat lost to the environment. If this loss is employed as useful heat, for industrial
processes or district heating, the power plant is referred to as a cogeneration power plant or CHP
(combined heat-and-power) plant. In countries where district heating is common, there are
dedicated heat plants called heat-only boiler stations. An important class of power stations in the
Middle East uses byproduct heat for desalination of water.
CLASSIFICATION

By fuel
• Nuclear power plants use a nuclear reactor's heat to operate a steam turbine generator.
• Fossil fuelled power plants may also use a steam turbine generator or in the case of
natural gas fired plants may use a combustion turbine.

• Geothermal power plants use steam extracted from hot underground rocks.

• Renewable energy plants may be fuelled by waste from sugar cane, municipal solid
waste, landfill methane, or other forms of biomass.

• In integrated steel mills, blast furnace exhaust gas is a low-cost, although low-energy-
density, fuel.
• Waste heat from industrial processes is occasionally concentrated enough to use for
power generation, usually in a steam boiler and turbine.
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plants. These may be comparatively small units, and sometimes completely unmanned,
being remotely operated. This type was pioneered by the UK, Prince town being the
world's first, commissioned in 1959.

• Combined cycle plants have both a gas turbine fired by natural gas, and a steam boiler
and steam turbine which use the exhaust gas from the gas turbine to produce electricity.
This greatly increases the overall efficiency of the plant, and many new base load power
plants are combined cycle plants fired by natural gas.

• Internal combustion Reciprocating engines are used to provide power for isolated
communities and are frequently used for small cogeneration plants. Hospitals, office
buildings, industrial plants, and other critical facilities also use them to provide backup
power in case of a power outage. These are usually fuelled by diesel oil, heavy oil,
natural gas and landfill gas.

• Micro turbines, Sterling engine and internal combustion reciprocating engines are low
cost solutions for using opportunity fuels, such as landfill gas, digester gas from water
treatment plants and waste gas from oil production.
FUNCTIONING
Functioning of thermal power plant:
In a thermal power plant, one of coal, oil or natural gas is used to heat the boiler to convert the
water into steam. The steam is used to turn a turbine, which is connected to a generator. When
the turbine turns, electricity is generated and given as output by the generator, which is then
supplied to the consumers through high-voltage power lines.

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1) Water intake: Firstly, water is taken into the boiler through a water source. If water is
available in a plenty in the region, then the source is an open pond or river. If water is scarce,
then it is recycled and the same water is used over and over again.
2) Boiler heating: The boiler is heated with the help of oil, coal or natural gas. A furnace is
used to heat the fuel and supply the heat produced to the boiler. The increase in temperature
helps in the transformation of water into steam.
3) Steam Turbine: The steam generated in the boiler is sent through a steam turbine. The
turbine has blades that rotate when high velocity steam flows across them. This rotation of
turbine blades is used to generate electricity.
4) Generator: A generator is connected to the steam turbine. When the turbine rotates, the
generator produces electricity which is then passed on to the power distribution systems.
5) Special mountings: There is some other equipment like the economizer and air pre-heater.
An economizer uses the heat from the exhaust gases to heat the feed water. An air pre-heater
heats the air sent into the combustion chamber to improve the efficiency of the combustion
process.
6) Ash collection system: There is a separate residue and ash collection system in place to
collect all the waste materials from the combustion process and to prevent them from
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The operating performance of NTPC has been considerably above the national average. The
availability factor for coal stations has increased from 85.03 % in 1997-98 to 90.09 % in 2006-
07, which compares favourably with international standards. The PLF has increased from 75.2%
in 1997-98 to 89.4% during the year 2006-07 which is the highest since the inception of NTPC.

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electrical generator. After it passes through the turbine, the steam is condensed in a condenser;
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plant, which uses coal, oil, or natural gas as fuel to boil water to produce the steam. The
electricity generated at the plant is sent to consumers through high-voltage power lines.
The Badarpur Thermal Power Plant has Steam Turbine-Driven Generators which has a
collective capacity of 705MW. The fuel being used is Coal which is supplied from the Jharia
Coal Field in Jharkhand. Water supply is given from the Agra Canal.

Table: Capacity of Badarpur Thermal Power Station, New Delhi


Sr. o. Capacity o. of Generators Total Capacity
1. 210 MW 2 420 MW
2. 95 MW 3 285 MW
Total 705 MW
There are basically three main units of a thermal power plant:
1. Steam Generator or Boiler
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3. Electric Generator
We have discussed about the processes of electrical generation further. A complete detailed
description of the three units is given further.

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1. Cooling tower 10. Steam governor valve 19. Superheater
2. Cooling water pump 11. High pressure turbine 20. Forced draught fan
3. Transmission line (3-phase) 12. Deaerator 21. Reheater
4. Unit transformer (3-phase) 13. Feed heater 22. Air intake
5. Electric generator (3-phase) 14. Coal conveyor 23. Economiser
6. Low pressure turbine 15. Coal hopper 24. Air preheater
7. Condensate extraction pump 16. Pulverised fuel mill 25. Precipitator
8. Condensor 17. Boiler drum 26. Induced draught fan
9. Intermediate pressure turbine 18. Ash hopper 27. Chimney Stack

Coal is conveyed (14) from an external stack and ground to a very fine powder by large metal
spheres in the pulverised fuel mill (16). There it is mixed with preheated air (24) driven by the
forced draught fan (20). The hot air-fuel mixture is forced at high pressure into the boiler where
it rapidly ignites. Water of a high purity flows vertically up the tube-lined walls of the boiler,
where it turns into steam, and is passed to the boiler drum, where steam is separated from any
remaining water. The steam passes through a manifold in the roof of the drum into the pendant
superheater (19) where its temperature and pressure increase rapidly to around 200 bar and
540°C, sufficient to make the tube walls glow a dull red. The steam is piped to the high pressure
turbine (11), the first of a three-stage turbine process. A steam governor valve (10) allows for
both manual control of the turbine and automatic set-point following. The steam is exhausted
from the high pressure turbine, and reduced in both pressure and temperature, is returned to the
boiler reheater (21). The reheated steam is then passed to the intermediate pressure turbine (9),
and from there passed directly to the low pressure turbine set (6). The exiting steam, now a little
above its boiling point, is brought into thermal contact with cold water (pumped in from the
cooling tower) in the condensor (8), where it condenses rapidly back into water, creating near
vacuum-like conditions inside the condensor chest. The condensed water is then passed by a
feed pump (7) through a deaerator (12), and pre-warmed, first in a feed heater (13) powered by
steam drawn from the high pressure set, and then in the economiser (23), before being returned
to the boiler drum. The cooling water from the condensor is sprayed inside a cooling tower (1),
creating a highly visible plume of water vapor, before being pumped back to the condensor (8)
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The boiler is a rectangular furnace about 50 ft (15 m) on a side and 130 ft (40 m) tall. Its walls
are made of a web of high pressure steel tubes about 2.3 inches (60 mm) in diameter.
Pulverized coal is air-blown into the furnace from fuel nozzles at the four corners and it rapidly
burns, forming a large fireball at the center. The thermal radiation of the fireball heats the water
that circulates through the boiler tubes near the boiler perimeter. The water circulation rate in the
boiler is three to four times the throughput and is typically driven by pumps. As the water in the
boiler circulates it absorbs heat and changes into steam at 700 °F (370 °C) and 3,200 psi (22.1
MPa). It is separated from the water inside a drum at the top of the furnace. The saturated steam
is introduced into superheat pendant tubes that hang in the hottest part of the combustion gases
as they exit the furnace. Here the steam is superheated to 1,000 °F (540 °C) to prepare it for the
turbine.
The steam generating boiler has to produce steam at the high purity, pressure and temperature
required for the steam turbine that drives the electrical generator. The generator includes the

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For units over about 210 MW capacity, redundancy of key components is provided by installing
duplicates of the FD fan, APH, fly ash collectors and ID fan with isolating dampers. On some
units of about 60 MW, two boilers per unit may instead be provided.
Boiler Furnace and Steam Drum
Once water inside the boiler or steam generator, the process of adding the latent heat of
vaporization or enthalpy is underway. The boiler transfers energy to the water by the chemical
reaction of burning some type of fuel.
The water enters the boiler through a section in the convection pass called the economizer. From
the economizer it passes to the steam drum. Once the water enters the steam drum it goes down
the down comers to the lower inlet water wall headers. From the inlet headers the water rises
through the water walls and is eventually turned into steam due to the heat being generated by
the burners located on the front and rear water walls (typically). As the water is turned into
steam/vapor in the water walls, the steam/vapor once again enters the steam drum.

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The steam/vapor is passed through a series of steam and water separators and then dryers inside
the steam drum. The steam separators and dryers remove the water droplets from the steam and
the cycle through the water walls is repeated. This process is known as natural circulation.
The boiler furnace auxiliary equipment includes coal feed nozzles and igniter guns, soot
blowers, water lancing and observation ports (in the furnace walls) for observation of the
furnace interior. Furnace explosions due to any accumulation of combustible gases after a trip-
out are avoided by flushing out such gases from the combustion zone before igniting the coal.
The steam drum (as well as the superheater coils and headers) have air vents and drains needed
for initial startup. The steam drum has an internal device that removes moisture from the wet
steam entering the drum from the steam generating tubes. The dry steam then flows into the
superheater coils.
Geothermal plants need no boiler since they use naturally occurring steam sources. Heat
exchangers may be used where the geothermal steam is very corrosive or contains excessive
suspended solids. Nuclear plants also boil water to raise steam, either directly passing the
working steam through the reactor or else using an intermediate heat exchanger.

Fuel Preparation System


In coal-fired power stations, the raw feed coal from the coal storage area is first crushed into
small pieces and then conveyed to the coal feed hoppers at the boilers. The coal is next
pulverized into a very fine powder. The pulverizers may be ball mills, rotating drum grinders, or
other types of grinders.
Some power stations burn fuel oil rather than coal. The oil must kept warm (above its pour
point) in the fuel oil storage tanks to prevent the oil from congealing and becoming unpumpable.
The oil is usually heated to about 100°C before being pumped through the furnace fuel oil spray
nozzles.

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Boilers in some power stations use processed natural gas as their main fuel. Other power stations
may use processed natural gas as auxiliary fuel in the event that their main fuel supply (coal or
oil) is interrupted. In such cases, separate gas burners are provided on the boiler furnaces.
Fuel Firing System and Igniter System
From the pulverized coal bin, coal is blown by hot air through the furnace coal burners at an
angle which imparts a swirling motion to the powdered coal to enhance mixing of the coal
powder with the incoming preheated combustion air and thus to enhance the combustion.
To provide sufficient combustion temperature in the furnace before igniting the powdered coal,
the furnace temperature is raised by first burning some light fuel oil or processed natural gas (by
using auxiliary burners and igniters provide for that purpose).

Air Path
External fans are provided to give sufficient air for combustion. The forced draft fan takes air
from the atmosphere and, first warming it in the air preheater for better combustion, injects it via
the air nozzles on the furnace wall.
The induced draft fan assists the FD fan by drawing out combustible gases from the furnace,
maintaining a slightly negative pressure in the furnace to avoid backfiring through any opening.
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transport by trucks or railroad cars.

Bottom Ash Collection and Disposal


At the bottom of every boiler, a hopper has been provided for collection of the bottom ash from
the bottom of the furnace. This hopper is always filled with water to quench the ash and clinkers
falling down from the furnace. Some arrangement is included to crush the clinkers and for
conveying the crushed clinkers and bottom ash to a storage site.

Boiler Make-up Water Treatment Plant and Storage


Since there is continuous withdrawal of steam and continuous return of condensate to the boiler,
losses due to blow-down and leakages have to be made up for so as to maintain the desired
water level in the boiler steam drum. For this, continuous make-up water is added to the boiler
water system. The impurities in the raw water input to the plant generally consist of calcium and
magnesium salts which impart hardness to the water. Hardness in the make-up water to the
boiler will form deposits on the tube water surfaces which will lead to overheating and failure of
the tubes. Thus, the salts have to be removed from the water and that is done by a water
demineralising treatment plant (DM).

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absorbs oxygen from the atmosphere because of its very high affinity for oxygen absorption.
The capacity of the DM plant is dictated by the type and quantity of salts in the raw water input.
However, some storage is essential as the DM plant may be down for maintenance. For this
purpose, a storage tank is installed from which DM water is continuously withdrawn for boiler
make-up. The storage tank for DM water is made from materials not affected by corrosive water,
such as PVC. The piping and valves are generally of stainless steel. Sometimes, a steam
blanketing arrangement or stainless steel doughnut float is provided on top of the water in the
tank to avoid contact with atmospheric air. DM water make-up is generally added at the steam
space of the surface condenser (i.e., the vacuum side). This arrangement not only sprays the
water but also DM water gets deaerated, with the dissolved gases being removed by the ejector
of the condenser itself.
Steam Turbine
Steam turbines are used in all of our major coal fired power stations to drive the generators or
alternators, which produce electricity. The turbines themselves are driven by steam generated in
'Boilers' or 'Steam Generators' as they are sometimes called.
Energy in the steam after it leaves the boiler is converted into rotational energy as it passes
through the turbine. The turbine normally consists of several stages with each stage consisting of
a stationary blade (or nozzle) and a rotating blade. Stationary blades convert the potential energy
of the steam (temperature and pressure) into kinetic energy (velocity) and direct the flow onto
the rotating blades. The rotating blades convert the kinetic energy into forces, caused by pressure
drop, which results in the rotation of the turbine shaft. The turbine shaft is connected to a
generator, which produces the electrical energy. The rotational speed is 3000 rpm for Indian
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In a typical larger power stations, the steam turbines are split into three separate stages, the first
being the High Pressure (HP), the second the Intermediate Pressure (IP) and the third the Low
Pressure (LP) stage, where high, intermediate and low describe the pressure of the steam.
After the steam has passed through the HP stage, it is returned to the boiler to be re-heated to its
original temperature although the pressure remains greatly reduced. The reheated steam then
passes through the IP stage and finally to the LP stage of the turbine.
A distinction is made between "impulse" and "reaction" turbine designs based on the relative
pressure drop across the stage. There are two measures for pressure drop, the pressure ratio and
the percent reaction. Pressure ratio is the pressure at the stage exit divided by the pressure at the
stage entrance. Reaction is the percentage isentropic enthalpy drop across the rotating blade or
bucket compared to the total stage enthalpy drop. Some manufacturers utilise percent pressure
drop across stage to define reaction.
Steam turbines can be configured in many different ways. Several IP or LP stages can be
incorporated into the one steam turbine. A single shaft or several shafts coupled together may be
used. Either way, the principles are the same for all steam turbines. The configuration is decided
by the use to which the steam turbine is put, co-generation or pure electricity production. For co-
generation, the steam pressure is highest when used as process steam and at a lower pressure
when used for the secondary function of electricity production.

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Steam enthalpy is converted into rotational energy as it passes through a turbine stage. A turbine
stage consists of a stationary blade (or nozzle) and a rotating blade (or bucket). Stationary blades
convert the potential energy of the steam (temperature and pressure) into kinetic energy
(velocity) and direct the flow onto the rotating blades. The rotating blades convert the kinetic
energy into impulse and reaction forces caused by pressure drop, which results in the rotation of
the turbine shaft or rotor.
Steam turbines are machines which must be designed, manufactured and maintained to high
tolerances so that the design power output and availability is obtained. They are subject to a
number of damage mechanisms, with two of the most important being:

Erosion due to Moisture: - The presence of water droplets in the last stages of a turbine
causes erosion to the blades. This has led to the imposition of an allowable limit of about 12%
wetness in the exhaust steam;
Solid Particle Erosion: - The entrainment of erosive materials from the boiler in the steam
causes wear to the turbine blades.

Cogeneration Cycles
In cogeneration cycles, steam is typically generated at a higher temperature and pressure than
required for a particular industrial process. The steam is expanded through a turbine to produce
electricity and the resulting extractions at the discharge are at the temperature and pressure
required by the process.
Turbines can be condensing or non-condensing design typically with large mass flows and
comparably low output. Traditionally, pressures were 6.21 MPa and below with temperatures
441º C or lower, although the trend towards higher levels of each continues.
There are now a considerable number of co-generation steam turbines with initial steam
pressures in the 8.63 to 10 MPa range and steam temperatures of 482 to 510º C.

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Bearings and Lubrication


Two types of bearings are used to support and locate the rotors of steam turbines:
 Journal bearings are used to support the weight of the turbine rotors. A journal bearing
consists of two half-cylinders that enclose the shaft and are internally lined with Babbitt, a
metal alloy usually consisting of tin, copper and antimony; and
 Thrust bearings axially locate the turbine rotors. A thrust bearing is made up of a series of
Babbitt lined pads that run against a locating disk attached to the turbine rotor.
High-pressure oil is injected into the bearings to provide lubrication. The oil is carefully
filtered to remove solid particles. Specially designed centrifuges remove any water from the
oil.
Shaft Seals
The shaft seal on a turbine rotor consist of a series of ridges and groves around the rotor and its
housing which present a long, tortuous path for any steam leaking through the seal. The seal
therefore does not prevent the steam from leaking, merely reduces the leakage to a minimum.
The leaking steam is collected and returned to a low-pressure part of the steam circuit.

Turning Gear
Large steam turbines are equipped with "turning gear" to slowly rotate the turbines after they
have been shut down and while they are cooling. This evens out the temperature distribution
around the turbines and prevents bowing of the rotors.

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Electric Generator
The steam turbine-driven generators have auxiliary systems enabling them to work satisfactorily
and safely. The steam turbine generator being rotating equipment generally has a heavy, large
diameter shaft. The shaft therefore requires not only supports but also has to be kept in position
while running. To minimize the frictional resistance to the rotation, the shaft has a number of
bearings. The bearing shells, in which the shaft rotates, are lined with a low friction material like
Babbitt metal. Oil lubrication is provided to further reduce the friction between shaft and bearing
surface and to limit the heat generated.

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Barring Gear (or Turning Gear)


Barring gear is the term used for the mechanism provided for rotation of the turbine generator
shaft at a very low speed (about one revolution per minute) after unit stoppages for any reason.
Once the unit is "tripped" (i.e., the turbine steam inlet valve is closed), the turbine starts slowing
or "coasting down". When it stops completely, there is a tendency for the turbine shaft to deflect
or bend if allowed to remain in one position too long. This deflection is because the heat inside
the turbine casing tends to concentrate in the top half of the casing, thus making the top half
portion of the shaft hotter than the bottom half. The shaft therefore warps or bends by millionths
of inches, only detectable by monitoring eccentricity meters.
But this small amount of shaft deflection would be enough to cause vibrations and damage the
entire steam turbine generator unit when it is restarted. Therefore, the shaft is not permitted to
come to a complete stop by a mechanism known as "turning gear" or "barring gear" that
automatically takes over to rotate the unit at a preset low speed.
If the unit is shut down for major maintenance, then the barring gear must be kept in service
until the temperatures of the casings and bearings are sufficiently low.

Condenser
The surface condenser is a shell and tube heat exchanger in which cooling water is circulated
through the tubes. The exhaust steam from the low pressure turbine enters the shell where it is
cooled and converted to condensate (water) by flowing over the tubes as shown in the adjacent
diagram. Such condensers use steam ejectors or rotary motor-driven exhausters for continuous
removal of air and gases from the steam side to maintain vacuum.

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For best efficiency, the temperature in the condenser must be kept as low as practical in order to
achieve the lowest possible pressure in the condensing steam. Since the condenser temperature
can almost always be kept significantly below 100 oC where the vapor pressure of water is much
less than atmospheric pressure, the condenser generally works under vacuum. Thus leaks of non-
condensible air into the closed loop must be prevented. Plants operating in hot climates may
have to reduce output if their source of condenser cooling water becomes warmer; unfortunately
this usually coincides with periods of high electrical demand for air conditioning.
The condenser generally uses either circulating cooling water from a cooling tower to reject
waste heat to the atmosphere, or once-through water from a river, lake or ocean.
Feedwater Heater
A Rankine cycle with a two-stage steam turbine and a single feedwater heater.
In the case of a conventional steam-electric power plant utilizing a drum boiler, the surface
condenser removes the latent heat of vaporization from the steam as it changes states from
vapour to liquid. The heat content (btu) in the steam is referred to as Enthalpy. The condensate
pump then pumps the condensate water through a feedwater heater. The feedwater heating
equipment then raises the temperature of the water by utilizing extraction steam from various
stages of the turbine.

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A Rankine cycle with a two-stage steam turbine and a single feedwater heater

Preheating the feedwater reduces the irreversibilities involved in steam generation and therefore
improves the thermodynamic efficiency of the system.[9] This reduces plant operating costs and
also helps to avoid thermal shock to the boiler metal when the feedwater is introduced back into
the steam cycle.
Superheater
As the steam is conditioned by the drying equipment inside the drum, it is piped from the upper
drum area into an elaborate set up of tubing in different areas of the boiler. The areas known as
superheater and reheater. The steam vapor picks up energy and its temperature is now
superheated above the saturation temperature. The superheated steam is then piped through the
main steam lines to the valves of the high pressure turbine.

Deaerator
A steam generating boiler requires that the boiler feed water should be devoid of air and other
dissolved gases, particularly corrosive ones, in order to avoid corrosion of the metal.
Generally, power stations use a deaerator to provide for the removal of air and other dissolved
gases from the boiler feedwater. A deaerator typically includes a vertical, domed deaeration
section mounted on top of a horizontal cylindrical vessel which serves as the deaerated boiler
feedwater storage tank.

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Boiler Feed Water Deaerator (with vertical, domed aeration section and horizontal water storage section)

There are many different designs for a deaerator and the designs will vary from one
manufacturer to another. The adjacent diagram depicts a typical conventional trayed deaerator. If
operated properly, most deaerator manufacturers will guarantee that oxygen in the deaerated
water will not exceed 7 ppb by weight (0.005 cm³/L).
Auxiliary Systems
Oil System
An auxiliary oil system pump is used to supply oil at the start-up of the steam turbine generator.
It supplies the hydraulic oil system required for steam turbine's main inlet steam stop valve, the
governing control valves, the bearing and seal oil systems, the relevant hydraulic relays and
other mechanisms.
At a preset speed of the turbine during start-ups, a pump driven by the turbine main shaft takes
over the functions of the auxiliary system.

Generator Heat Dissipation


The electricity generator requires cooling to dissipate the heat that it generates. While small
units may be cooled by air drawn through filters at the inlet, larger units generally require
special cooling arrangements. Hydrogen gas cooling, in an oil-sealed casing, is used because it
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Generator High Voltage System


The generator voltage ranges from 10.5 kV in smaller units to 15.75 kV in larger units. The
generator high voltage leads are normally large aluminum channels because of their high current
as compared to the cables used in smaller machines. They are enclosed in well-grounded
aluminum bus ducts and are supported on suitable insulators. The generator high voltage
channels are connected to step-up transformers for connecting to a high voltage electrical
substation (of the order of 220 kV) for further transmission by the local power grid.
The necessary protection and metering devices are included for the high voltage leads. Thus, the
steam turbine generator and the transformer form one unit. In smaller units, generating at 10.5
kV, a breaker is provided to connect it to a common 10.5 kV bus system.
Other Systems
Monitoring and Alarm system
Most of the power plant’s operational controls are automatic. However, at times, manual
intervention may be required. Thus, the plant is provided with monitors and alarm systems that
alert the plant operators when certain operating parameters are seriously deviating from their
normal range.

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An Engineer monitoring the various parameters at TPC, ew Delhi

Battery Supplied Emergency Lighting & Communication


A central battery system consisting of lead acid cell units is provided to supply emergency
electric power, when needed, to essential items such as the power plant's control systems,
communication systems, turbine lube oil pumps, and emergency lighting. This is essential for a
safe, damage-free shutdown of the units in an emergency situation.
Module - II

EMD - I
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Coal Handling Plant
Coal is delivered by highway truck, rail, barge or collier ship. Some plants are even built near
coal mines and coal is delivered by conveyors. A large coal train called a "unit train" may be a
kilometers (over a mile) long, containing 60 cars with 100 tons of coal in each one, for a total
load of 6,000 tons. A large plant under full load requires at least one coal delivery this size every
day. Plants may get as many as three to five trains a day, especially in "peak season", during the
summer months when power consumption is high. A large thermal power plant such as the
Badarpur Thermal Power Station, New Delhi stores several million tons of coal for use when
there is no wagon supply.

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Modern unloaders use rotary dump devices, which eliminate problems with coal freezing in
bottom dump cars. The unloader includes a train positioner arm that pulls the entire train to
position each car over a coal hopper. The dumper clamps an individual car against a platform
that swivels the car upside down to dump the coal. Swiveling couplers enable the entire
operation to occur while the cars are still coupled together. Unloading a unit train takes about
three hours.
Shorter trains may use railcars with an "air-dump", which relies on air pressure from the engine
plus a "hot shoe" on each car. This "hot shoe" when it comes into contact with a "hot rail" at the
unloading trestle, shoots an electric charge through the air dump apparatus and causes the doors
on the bottom of the car to open, dumping the coal through the opening in the trestle. Unloading
one of these trains takes anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Older unloaders may still
use manually operated bottom-dump rail cars and a "shaker" attached to dump the coal.
Generating stations adjacent to a mine may receive coal by conveyor belt or massive diesel-
electric-drive trucks.

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Layout of Coal Handling Plant at Badarpur Thermal Power Station, ew Delhi
Coal is prepared for use by crushing the rough coal to pieces less than 2 inches (50 mm) in size.
The coal is then transported from the storage yard to in-plant storage silos by rubberized
conveyor belts at rates up to 4,000 tons/hour.
In plants that burn pulverized coal, silos feed coal pulverizers (coal mill) that take the larger 2
inch pieces grind them into the consistency of face powder, classify them, and mixes them with
primary combustion air which transports the coal to the furnace and preheats the coal to drive off
excess moisture content. In plants that do not burn pulverized coal, the larger 2 inch pieces may
be directly fed into the silos which then feed the cyclone burners, a specific kind of combustor
that can efficiently burn larger pieces of fuel.
Run-Of-Mine (ROM) Coal
The coal delivered from the mine that reports to the Coal Handling Plant is called Run-of-mine,
or ROM, coal. This is the raw material for the CHP, and consists of coal, rocks, middlings,
minerals and contamination. Contamination is usually introduced by the mining process and
may include machine parts, used consumables and parts of ground engaging tools. ROM coal
can have a large variability of moisture and maximum particle size.

Coal Handling
Coal needs to be stored at various stages of the preparation process, and conveyed around the
CHP facilities. Coal handling is part of the larger field of bulk material handling, and is a
complex and vital part of the CHP.

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A simple stockpile is formed by machinery dumping coal into a pile, either from dump trucks,
pushed into heaps with bulldozers or from conveyor booms. More controlled stockpiles are
formed using stackers to form piles along the length of a conveyor, and reclaimers to retrieve the
coal when required for product loading, etc.
Taller and wider stockpiles reduce the land area required to store a set tonnage of coal. Larger
coal stockpiles have a reduced rate of heat lost, leading to a higher risk of spontaneous
combustion.

Stacking
Travelling, lugging boom stackers that straddle a feed conveyor are commonly used to create
coal stockpiles. Stackers are nominally rated in tph (tonnes per hour) for capacity and normally
travel on a rail between stockpiles in the stockyard. A stacker can usually move in at least two
directions typically: horizontally along the rail and vertically by luffing its boom. Luffing of the
boom minimises dust by reducing the height that the coal needs to fall to the top of the stockpile.
The boom is luffed upwards as the stockpile height grows.

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Some stackers are able to rotate by slewing the boom. This allows a single stacker to form two
stockpiles, one on either side of the conveyor.
Stackers are used to stack into different patterns, such as cone stacking and chevron stacking.
Stacking in a single cone tends to cause size segregation, with coarser material moving out
towards the base. Raw cone ply stacking is when additional cones are added next to the first
cone. Chevron stacking is when the stacker travels along the length of the stockpile adding layer
upon layer of material.
Stackers and Reclaimers were originally manually controlled manned machines with no remote
control. Modern machines are typically semi-automatic or fully automated, with parameters
remotely set.

Reclaiming
Tunnel conveyors can be fed by a continuous slot hopper or bunker beneath the stockpile to
reclaim material. Front-end loaders and bulldozers can be used to push the coal into feeders.
Sometimes front-end loaders are the only means of reclaiming coal from the stockpile. This has
a low up-front capital cost, but much higher operating costs, measured in dollars per tonne
handled.

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Coal Storage Area of the Badarpur Thermal Power Station, ew Delhi
High-capacity stockpiles are commonly reclaimed using bucket-wheel reclaimers. These can
achieve very high rates.

Coal Sampling
Sampling of coal is an important part of the process control in the CHP. A grab sample is a one-
off sample of the coal at a point in the process stream, and tends not to be very representative. A
routine sample is taken at a set frequency, either over a period of time or per shipment.

Screening
Screens are used to group process particles into ranges by size. These size ranges are also called
grades. Dewatering screens are used to remove water from the product. Screens can be static, or
mechanically vibrated. Screen decks can be made from different materials such as high tensile
steel, stainless steel, or polyethelene.

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Magnetic Separation
Magnetic separators shall be used in coal conveying systems to separate tramp iron (including
steel) from the coal. Basically, two types are available. One type incorporates permanent or
electromagnets into the head pulley of a belt conveyor. The tramp iron clings to the belt as it
goes around the pulley drum and falls off into a collection hopper or trough after the point at
which coal is charged from the belt. The other type consists of permanent or electromagnets
incorporated into a belt conveyor that is suspended above a belt conveyor carrying coal. The
tramp iron is pulled from the moving coal to the face of the separating conveyor, which in turn
holds and carries the tramp iron to a collection hopper or trough. Magnetic separators shall be
used just ahead of the coal crusher, if any, and/or just prior to coal discharge to the in-plant
bunker or silo fill system.

Coal Crusher
Before the coal is sent to the plant it has to be ensured that the coal is of uniform size, and so it
is passed through coal crushers. Also power plants using pulverized coal specify a maximum
coal size that can be fed into the pulverizer and so the coal has to be crushed to the specified size
using the coal crusher. Rotary crushers are very commonly used for this purpose as they can
provide a continuous flow of coal to the pulverizer.

Pulverizer
Most commonly used pulverizer is the Boul Mill. The arrangement consists of 2 stationary
rollers and a power driven baul in which pulverization takes place as the coal passes through the
sides of the rollers and the baul. A primary air induced draught fan draws a stream of heated air
through the mill carrying the pulverized coal into a stationary classifier at the top of the
pulverizer. The classifier separates the pulverized coal from the unpulverized coal.

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Advantages of Pulverized Coal


• Pulverized coal is used for large capacity plants.

• It is easier to adapt to fluctuating load as there are no limitations on the combustion


capacity.

• Coal with higher ash percentage cannot be used without pulverizing because of the
problem of large amount ash deposition after combustion.

• Increased thermal efficiency is obtained through pulverization.

• The use of secondary air in the combustion chamber along with the powered coal helps
in creating turbulence and therefore uniform mixing of the coal and the air during
combustion.

• Greater surface area of coal per unit mass of coal allows faster combustion as more coal
is exposed to heat and combustion.
• The combustion process is almost free from clinker and slag formation.

• The boiler can be easily started from cold condition in case of emergency.

• Practically no ash handling problem.

• The furnace volume required is less as the turbulence caused aids in complete
combustion of the coal with minimum travel of the particles.
The pulverized coal is passed from the pulverizer to the boiler by means of the primary
air that is used not only to dry the coal but also to heat is as it goes into the boiler. The
secondary air is used to provide the necessary air required for complete combustion. The
primary air may vary anywhere from 10% to the entire air depending on the design of the
boiler. The coal is sent into the boiler through burners. A very important and widely used
type of burner arrangement is the Tangential Firing arrangement.
Tangential Burners:
The tangential burners are arranged such that they discharge the fuel air mixture
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Ash Handling
The ever increasing capacities of boiler units together with their ability to use low grade
high ash content coal have been responsible for the development of modern day ash handling
systems. The widely used ash handling systems are
1. Mechanical Handling System
2. Hydraulic System
3. Pneumatic System
4. Steam Jet System
The Hydraulic Ash handling system is used at the Badarpur Thermal Power Station.
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flowing into the sump. The ash is carried along with the water and they are separated at the
sump. In the high velocity system a jet of water is sprayed to quench the hot ash. Two other jets
force the ash into a trough in which they are washed away by the water into the sump, where
they are separated. The molten slag formed in the pulverized fuel system can also be quenched
and washed by using the high velocity system. The advantages of this system are that its clean,
large ash handling capacity, considerable distance can be traversed, absence of working parts in
contact with ash.
ELECTRIC MOTORS
An electric motor uses electrical energy to produce mechanical energy. The reverse process that
of using mechanical energy to produce electrical energy is accomplished by a generator or
dynamo. Traction motors used on locomotives and some electric and hybrid automobiles often
performs both tasks if the vehicle is equipped with dynamic brakes.

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The classic division of electric motors has been that of Direct Current (DC) types vs Alternating
Current (AC) types. The ongoing trend toward electronic control further muddles the distinction,
as modern drivers have moved the commutator out of the motor shell. For this new breed of
motor, driver circuits are relied upon to generate sinusoidal AC drive currents, or some
approximation of. The two best examples are: the brushless DC motor and the stepping motor,
both being polyphase AC motors requiring external electronic control.
There is a clearer distinction between a synchronous motor and asynchronous types. In the
synchronous types, the rotor rotates in synchrony with the oscillating field or current (eg.
permanent magnet motors). In contrast, an asynchronous motor is designed to slip; the most
ubiquitous example being the common AC induction motor which must slip in order to generate
torque.
Comparison of Motor Types
Typical Typical
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An AC motor is an electric motor that is driven by an alternating current. It consists of two basic
parts, an outside stationary stator having coils supplied with AC current to produce a rotating
magnetic field, and an inside rotor attached to the output shaft that is given a torque by the
rotating field.
There are two types of AC motors, depending on the type of rotor used. The first is the
synchronous motor, which rotates exactly at the supply frequency or a sub multiple of the supply
frequency. The magnetic field on the rotor is either generated by current delivered through slip
rings or a by a permanent magnet.
The second type is the induction motor, which turns slightly slower than the supply frequency.
The magnetic field on the rotor of this motor is created by an induced current.
Synchronous Motor
A synchronous electric motor is an AC motor distinguished by a rotor spinning with coils
passing magnets at the same rate as the alternating current and resulting magnetic field which
drives it. Another way of saying this is that it has zero slip under usual operating conditions.
Contrast this with an induction motor, which must slip in order to produce torque.
Sometimes a synchronous motor is used, not to drive a load, but to improve the power factor on
the local grid it's connected to. It does this by providing reactive power to or consuming reactive
power from the grid. In this case the synchronous motor is called a Synchronous condenser.
Electrical power plants almost always use synchronous generators because it's very important to
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Synchronous motors have the following advantages over non-synchronous motors:
• Speed is independent of the load, provided an adequate field current is applied.
• Accurate control in speed and position using open loop controls, eg. Stepper motors.
• They will hold their position when a DC current is applied to both the stator and the rotor
windings.
• Their power factor can be adjusted to unity by using a proper field current relative to the
load. Also, a "capacitive" power factor, (current phase leads voltage phase), can be
obtained by increasing this current slightly, which can help achieve a better power factor
correction for the whole installation.
• Their construction allows for increased electrical efficiency when a low speed is required
(as in ball mills and similar apparatus).

Examples
• Brushless permanent magnet DC motor.
• Stepper motor.
• Slow speed AC synchronous motor.
• Switched reluctance motor.

Induction Motor
An induction motor (IM) is a type of asynchronous AC motor where power is supplied to the
rotating device by means of electromagnetic induction.

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An electric motor converts electrical power to mechanical power in its rotor (rotating part).
There are several ways to supply power to the rotor. In a DC motor this power is supplied to the
armature directly from a DC source, while in an AC motor this power is induced in the rotating
device. An induction motor is sometimes called a rotating transformer because the stator
(stationary part) is essentially the primary side of the transformer and the rotor (rotating part) is
the secondary side. Induction motors are widely used, especially polyphase induction motors,
which are frequently used in industrial drives.
Induction motors are now the preferred choice for industrial motors due to their rugged
construction, lack of brushes (which are needed in most DC Motors) and — thanks to modern
power electronics — the ability to control the speed of the motor.
Construction
The stator consists of wound 'poles' that carry the supply current that induces a magnetic field in
the conductor. The number of 'poles' can vary between motor types but the poles are always in
pairs (i.e. 2, 4, 6 etc). There are two types of rotor:
1. Squirrel-cage rotor
2. Slip ring rotor
The most common rotor is a squirrel-cage rotor. It is made up of bars of either solid copper
(most common) or aluminum that span the length of the rotor, and are connected through a ring
at each end. The rotor bars in squirrel-cage induction motors are not straight, but have some
skew to reduce noise and harmonics.
The motor's phase type is one of two types:
1. Single-phase induction motor
2. 3-phase induction motor

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happens, the rotor typically slows slightly until a current is re-induced and then the rotor
continues as before. This difference between the speed of the rotor and speed of the rotating
magnetic field in the stator is called slip. It has no unit and the ratio between the relative speed
of the magnetic field as seen by the rotor to the speed of the rotating field. Due to this an
induction motor is sometimes referred to as an asynchronous machine.
Types:
• Based on type of phase supply
1. three phase induction motor (self starting in nature)
2. single phase induction motor (not self starting)
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1. Squirrel cage induction motor
2. Slip ring induction motor
SWITCHGEAR
The term switchgear, used in association with the electric power system, or grid, refers to the
combination of electrical disconnects, fuses and/or circuit breakers used to isolate electrical
equipment. Switchgear is used both to de-energize equipment to allow work to be done and to
clear faults downstream.
The very earliest central power stations used simple open knife switches, mounted on insulating
panels of marble or asbestos. Power levels and voltages rapidly escalated, making open
manually-operated switches too dangerous to use for anything other than isolation of a de-
energized circuit. Oil-filled equipment allowed arc energy to be contained and safely controlled.
By the early 20th century, a switchgear line-up would be a metal-enclosed structure with
electrically-operated switching elements, using oil circuit breakers. Today, oil-filled equipment
has largely been replaced by air-blast, vacuum, or SF6 equipment, allowing large currents and
power levels to be safely controlled by automatic equipment incorporating digital controls,
protection, metering and communications.

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Types
A piece of switchgear may be a simple open air isolator switch or it may be insulated by some
other substance. An effective although more costly form of switchgear is "gas insulated
switchgear" (GIS), where the conductors and contacts are insulated by pressurized (SF6) sulfur
hexafluoride gas. Other common types are oil [or vacuum] insulated switchgear.
Circuit breakers are a special type of switchgear that are able to interrupt fault currents. Their
construction allows them to interrupt fault currents of many hundreds or thousands of amps. The
quenching of the arc when the contacts open requires careful design, and falls into four types:
Oil circuit breakers rely upon vaporization of some of the oil to blast a jet of oil through the arc.
Gas (SF6) circuit breakers sometimes stretch the arc using a magnetic field, and then rely upon
the dielectric strength of the SF6 to quench the stretched arc.
Vacuum circuit breakers have minimal arcing (as there is nothing to ionize other than the contact
material), so the arc quenches when it is stretched a very small amount (<2-3 mm). Vacuum
circuit breakers are frequently used in modern medium-voltage switchgear to 35,000 volts.
Air circuit breakers may use compressed air to blow out the arc, or alternatively, the contacts are
rapidly swung into a small sealed chamber, the escaping of the displaced air thus blowing out
the arc.
Circuit breakers are usually able to terminate all current flow very quickly: typically between 30
ms and 150 ms depending upon the age and construction of the device.
Several different classifications of switchgear can be made:

By the current rating:


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By IEC degree of internal separation:


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By interrupting device:
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By operating method:
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Safety
To help ensure safe operation sequences of switchgear, trapped key interlocking provides
predefined scenarios of operation. James Harry Castell invented this technique in 1922. For
example, if only one of two sources of supply is permitted to be connected at a given time, the
interlock scheme may require that the first switch must be opened to release a key that will allow
closing the second switch. Complex schemes are possible.
HIGH TENSION SWITCHGEAR
High voltage switchgear is any switchgear and switchgear assembly of rated voltage higher than
1000 volts.
High voltage switchgear is any switchgear used to connect or to disconnect a part of a high
voltage power system.
These switchgears are essential elements for the protection and for a safety operating mode
without interruption of a high voltage power system. This type of equipment is really important
because it is directly linked to the quality of the electricity supply.
The high voltage is a voltage above 1000 V for alternating current and above 1500 V for direct
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The high voltage switchgear was invented at the end of the 19th century for operating the motors
and others electric machines. It has been improved and it can be used in the whole range of high
voltage until 1100 kV.

Functional Classification

Disconnectors and Earthing Switches


They are above all safety devices used to open or to close a circuit when there is no current
through them. They are used to isolate a part of a circuit, a machine, a part of an overhead-line
or an underground line for the operating staff to access it without any danger.
The opening of the line isolator or busbar section isolator is necessary for the safety but it is not
enough. Grounding must be done at the upstream sector and the downstream sector on the
device which they want to intervene thanks to the earthing switches.
In principle, disconnecting switches do not have to interrupt currents, but some of them can
interrupt currents (up to 1600 A under 10 to 300V) and some earthing switches must interrupt
induced currents which are generated in a non-current-carrying line by inductive and capacitive
coupling with nearby lines (up to 160 A under 20 kV) ).

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They can open or close a circuit in normal load. Some of them can be used as a disconnecting
switch. But if they can create a short-circuit current, they can not interrupt it.

Contactor
Their functions are similar to the high-current switching mechanism, but they can be used at
higher rates. They have a high electrical endurance and a high mechanical endurance.
Contactors are used to frequently operate device like electric furnaces, high voltage motors.
They cannot be used as a disconnecting switch.
They are used only in the band 30 kV to 100 kV.

Fuses
The fuses can interrupt automatically a circuit with an overcurrent flowing in it for a fixed time.
The current interrupting is got by the fusion of an electrical conductor which is graded.
They are mainly used ot protect against the short-circuits. They limit the peak value of the fault
current.
In three-phase electric power, they only eliminate the phases where the fault current is flowing,
which is a risk for the devices and the people. Against this trouble, the fuses can be associated
with high-current switches or contactors.
They are used only in the band 30 kV to 100 kV.

Circuit Breaker
A high voltage circuit breaker is capable of making, carrying and breaking currents under the
rated voltage (the maximal voltage of the power system which it is protecting) : Under normal
circuit conditions, for example to connect or disconnect a line in a power system; Under
specified abnormal circuit conditions especially to eliminate a short circuit. From its
characteristics, a circuit breaker is the protection device essential for a high voltage power
system, because it is the only one able to interrupt a short circuit current and so to avoid the
others devices to be damaged by this short circuit. The international standard IEC 62271-100
defines the demands linked to the characteristics of a high voltage circuit breaker.
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DIRECT ON LINE STARTER
A direct on line starter, often abbreviated DOL starter, is a widely-used starting method of
electric motors. The term is used in electrical engineering and associated with electric motors.
There are many types of motor starters, the simplest of which is the DOL starter.
A motor starter is an electrical/electronic circuit composed of electro-mechanical and electronic
devices which are employed to start and stop an electric motor. Regardless of the motor type
(AC or DC), the types of starters differ depending on the method of starting the motor. A DOL
starter connects the motor terminals directly to the power supply. Hence, the motor is subjected
to the full voltage of the power supply. Consequently, high starting current flows through the
motor. This type of starting is suitable for small motors below 5 hp (3.75 kW). Reduced-voltage
starters are employed with motors above 5 hp. Although DOL motor starters are available for
motors less than 150 kW on 400 V and for motors less than 1 MW on 6.6 kV. Supply reliability
and reserve power generation dictates the use of reduced voltage or not.

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Major Components
There are four major components of a Direct On Line Starter. They are given as follows:
1. Switch
2. Fuse
3. Conductor (Electromagnetic)
4. Thermal Overload Relay (Heat & Temperature)

Auxiliary Components
According to our desire and use of work, we use auxiliary components in a DOL Starter. There
are basically two types of Auxiliary Components given as follows:
1. Auxiliary Conductor
2. Timer (Range – 0.5s to 60s)
DOL Reversing Starter
Most motors are reversible or, in other words, they can be run clockwise and anti-clockwise. A
reversing starter is an electrical or electronic circuit that reverses the direction of a motor
automatically. Logically, the circuit is composed of two DOL circuits; one for clockwise
operation and the other for anti-clockwise operation.

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Changing the direction of a 3-Phase Squirrel-Cage Motor requires swapping any two phases.
This could be achieved by a contactor KM1 swapping phase L2 and L3 between the supply and
the motor.
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GENERATORS
The basic function of the generator is to convert mechanical power, delivered from the shaft of
the turbine, into electrical power. Therefore a generator is actually a rotating mechanical energy
converter. The mechanical energy from the turbine is converted by means of a rotating magnetic
field produced by direct current in the copper winding of the rotor or field, which generates
three-phase alternating currents and voltages in the copper winding of the stator (armature). The
stator winding is connected to terminals, which are in turn connected to the power system for
delivery of the output power to the system.

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The class of generator under consideration is steam turbine-driven generators, commonly called
turbo generators. These machines are generally used in nuclear and fossil fueled power plants,
co-generation plants, and combustion turbine units. They range from relatively small machines
of a few Megawatts (MW) to very large generators with ratings up to 1900 MW. The generators
particular to this category are of the two- and four-pole design employing round-rotors, with
rotational operating speeds of 3600 and 1800 rpm in North America, parts of Japan, and Asia
(3000 and 1500 rpm in Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and South America). At Badarpur
Thermal Power Station 3000 rpm, 50 Hz generators are used of capacities 210 MW and 95 MW.
As the system load demands more active power from the generator, more steam (or fuel in a
combustion turbine) needs to be admitted to the turbine to increase power output. Hence more
energy is transmitted to the generator from the turbine, in the form of a torque. This torque is
mechanical in nature, but electromagnetically coupled to the power system through the
generator. The higher the power output, the higher the torque between turbine and generator.
The power output of the generator generally follows the load demand from the system.
Therefore the voltages and currents in the generator are continually changing based on the load
demand. The generator design must be able to cope with large and fast load changes, which
show up inside the machine as changes in mechanical forces and temperatures. The design must
therefore incorporate electrical current-carrying materials (i.e., copper), magnetic flux-carrying
materials (i.e., highly permeable steels), insulating materials (i.e., organic), structural members
(i.e., steel and organic), and cooling media (i.e., gases and liquids), all working together under
the operating conditions of a turbo generator.

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Since the turbo generator is a synchronous machine, it operates at one very specific speed to
produce a constant system frequency of 50 Hz, depending on the frequency of the grid to which
it is connected. As a synchronous machine, a turbine generator employs a steady magnetic flux
passing radially across an air gap that exists between the rotor and the stator. (The term “air gap”
is commonly used for air- and gas-cooled machines). For the machines in this discussion, this
means a magnetic flux distribution of two or four poles on the rotor. This flux pattern rotates
with the rotor, as it spins at its synchronous speed. The rotating magnetic field moves past a
three-phase symmetrically distributed winding installed in the stator core, generating an
alternating voltage in the stator winding. The voltage waveform created in each of the three
phases of the stator winding is very nearly sinusoidal. The output of the stator winding is the
three-phase power, delivered to the power system at the voltage generated in the stator winding.
In addition to the normal flux distribution in the main body of the generator, there are stray
fluxes at the extreme ends of the generator that create fringing flux patterns and induce stray
losses in the generator. The stray fluxes must be accounted for in the overall design.
Generators are made up of two basic members, the stator and the rotor, but the stator and rotor
are each constructed from numerous parts themselves. Rotors are the high-speed rotating
member of the two, and they undergo severe dynamic mechanical loading as well as the
electromagnetic and thermal loads. The most critical component in the generator are the
retaining rings, mounted on the rotor.
These components are very carefully designed for high-stress operation. The stator is stationary,
as the term suggests, but it also sees significant dynamic forces in terms of vibration and
torsional loads, as well as the electromagnetic, thermal, and high-voltage loading. The most
critical component of the stator is arguably the stator winding because it is a very high cost item
and it must be designed to handle all of the harsh effects described above. Most stator problems
occur with the winding.

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The stator winding is made up of insulated copper conductor bars that are distributed around the
inside diameter of the stator core, commonly called the stator bore, in equally spaced slots in the
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The stator winding is then divided into three phases, which are almost always wye connected.
Wye connection is done to allow a neural grounding point and for relay protection of the
winding. The three phases are connected to create symmetry between them in the 360 degree arc
of the stator bore. The distribution of the winding is done in such a way as to produce a 120
degree difference in voltage peaks from one phase to the other, hence the term “three-phase
voltage.” Each of the three phases may have one or more parallel circuits within the phase. The
parallels can be connected in series or parallel, or a combination of both if it is a four-pole
generator. This will be discussed in the next section. The parallels in all of the phases are
essentially equal on average, in their performance in the machine. Therefore, they each “see”
equal voltage and current, magnitudes and phase angles, when averaged over one alternating
cycle.
The stator bars in any particular phase group are arranged such that there are parallel paths,
which overlap between top and bottom bars. The overlap is staggered between top and bottom
bars. The top bars on one side of the stator bore are connected to the bottom bars on the other
side of the bore in one direction while the bottom bars are connected in the other direction on the
opposite side of the stator. This connection with the bars on the other side of the stator creates a
“reach” or “pitch” of a certain number of slots. The pitch is therefore the number slots that the
stator bars have to reach in the stator bore arc, separating the two bars to be connected. This is
always less than 180 degrees.
Once connected, the stator bars form a single coil or turn. The total width of the overlapping
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amperes. Due to the very high currents, the conductor bars in a turbo generator have a large
cross-sectional area. In addition they are usually one single turn per bar, as opposed to motors or
small generators that have multiple turn bars or coils. These stator or conductor bars are also
very rigid and do not bend unless significant force is exerted on them.

ROTOR
The rotor winding is installed in the slots machined in the forging main body and is distributed
symmetrically around the rotor between the poles. The winding itself is made up of many turns
of copper to form the entire series connected winding. All of the turns associated with a single
slot are generally called a coil. The coils are wound into the winding slots in the forging,
concentrically in corresponding positions on opposite sides of a pole. The series connection
essentially creates a single multi-turn coil overall, that develops the total ampere-turns of the
rotor (which is the total current flowing in the rotor winding times the total number of turns).
There are numerous copper-winding designs employed in generator rotors, but all rotor windings
function basically in the same way. They are configured differently for different methods of heat
removal during operation. In addition almost all large turbo generators have directly cooled
copper windings by air or hydrogen cooling gas.

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Cooling passages are provided within the conductors themselves to eliminate the temperature
drop across the ground insulation and preserve the life of the insulation material.
In an “axially” cooled winding, the gas passes through axial passages in the conductors, being
fed from both ends, and exhausted to the air gap at the axial center of the rotor. In other designs,
“radial” passages in the stack of conductors are fed from sub slots machined along the length of
the rotor at the bottom of each slot. In the “air gap pickup” method, the cooling gas is picked up
from the air gap, and cooling is accomplished over a relatively short length of the rotor, and then
discharged back to the air gap. The cooling of the end-regions of the winding varies from design
to design, as much as that of the slot section. In smaller turbine generators the indirect cooling
method is used (similar to indirectly cooled stator windings), where the heat is removed by
conduction through the ground insulation to the rotor body.
The winding is held in place in the slots by wedges, in a similar manner as the stator windings.
The difference is that the rotor winding loading on the wedges is far greater due to centrifugal
forces at speed. The wedges therefore are subjected to a tremendous static load from these forces
and bending stresses because of the rotation effects. The wedges in the rotor are not generally a
tight fit in order to accommodate the axial thermal expansion of the rotor winding during
operation.
There are also many available designs and configurations for the end-winding construction and
ventilation methods. As in the rotor slots, the copper turns in the end-winding must be isolated
from one another so that they do not touch and create shorts between turns. Therefore packing
and blocking are used to keep the coils separated, and in their relative position as the rotor
winding expands from thermal effects during operation. To restrain the end winding portion of
the rotor winding during high-speed operation, retaining-rings are employed to keep the copper
coils in place.

BEARINGS
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jacking oil systems,
When installing the bearings, they must be aligned in terms of height and angle to ensure that
the rotor “sits” in the bearing correctly. Such things as shaft “catinery” must be considered and
“pre-loading” or “shimming” of the bearings to account for the difference when the rotor is at
standstill and at speed. Getting any of these things wrong in the assembly can cause the rotor to
vibrate excessively and damage either the rotor shaft or the bearing itself. Generally, a “wipe” of
the bearing running surface or “babbitt” results.

AUXILIARY SYSTEMS
All large generators require auxiliary systems to handle such things as lubricating oil for the
rotor bearings, hydrogen cooling apparatus, hydrogen sealing oil, de-mineralized water for stator
winding cooling, and excitation systems for field-current application. Not all generators require
all these systems and the requirement depends on the size and nature of the machine. For
instance, air cooled turbo generators do not require hydrogen for cooling and therefore no
sealing oil as well. On the other hand, large generators with high outputs, generally above 400
MVA, have water-cooled stator windings, hydrogen for cooling the stator core and rotor, seal oil
to contain the hydrogen cooling gas under high pressure, lubricating oil for the bearings, and of
course, an excitation system for field current.
There are five major auxiliary systems that may be used in a generator. They are given as
follows:
1. Lubricating Oil System
2. Hydrogen Cooling System
3. Seal Oil System
4. Stator Cooling Water System
5. Excitation System
Each system has numerous variations to accommodate the hundreds of different generator
configurations that may be found in operation. But regardless of the generator design and which
variation of a system is in use, they all individually have the same basic function as described
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The main components of the lube-oil system consists generally of the main lube-oil tank, pumps,
heat exchangers, filters and strainers, centrifuge or purifier, vapor extractor, and various check
valves and instrumentation. The main oil tank serves both the turbine and generator bearing and
is often also the source of the sealing oil for the hydrogen seals. It is usually located under the
turbines and holds thousands of gallons of oil.
Heat exchangers are provided for heat removal from the lube oil. Raw water from the local lake
or river is circulated on one side of the cooler to remove the heat from the lube oil circulating on
the other side of the heat exchanger.
Full flow filters and/or strainers, or a combination of both, are employed for removal of debris
from the lube oil. Strainers are generally sized to remove larger debris and filters for debris in
the range of a few microns and larger. They can be mechanical or organic type filters and
strainers. Debris removal is important to reduce the possibility of scoring the bearing Babbitt or
plugging of the oil lines.
A centrifuge or purifier is used to remove moisture from the oil. Moisture is also a contaminant
to oil and can cause it to lose its lubricating properties.

2. Hydrogen Cooling System


As the hydrogen cooling gas picks up heat from the various generator components within the
machine, its temperature rises significantly. This can be as much as 46oC, and therefore the
hydrogen must be cooled down prior to being re-circulated through the machine for continuous
cooling. Hydrogen coolers or heat exchangers are employed for this purpose.
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components. To keep the hydrogen inside the generator, various places in the generator are
required to seal against hydrogen leakage to atmosphere. One of the most difficult seals made is
the juncture between the stator and the rotating shaft of the rotor. This is done by a set of
hydrogen seals at both ends of the machine. The seals may be of the journal (ring) type or the
thrust-collar type. But one thing both arrangements have in common is the requirement of high-
pressure oil into the seal to make the actual “seal.” The system, which provides the oil to do this,
is called the seal-oil system.
In general, the most common type of seal is the journal type. This arrangement functions by
pressurized oil fed between two floating segmented rings, usually made of bronze or Babbitt
steel. At the ring outlet, against the shaft, oil flows in both directions from the seals along the
rotating shaft. For the thrust-collar type, the oil is fed into a Babbitt running face via oil delivery
ports, and makes the seal against the rotating thrust collar. Again, the oil flows in two directions,
to the air side and the hydrogen side of the seals.
The seal oil itself is actually a portion of the lube oil, diverted from the lubricating oil system. It
is then fed to a separate system of its own with pumps, motors, hydrogen detraining or vacuum
degassing equipment, and controls to regulate the pressure and flow.
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hydrogen in the generator.
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broken up into a fine spray. This allows the removal of dissolved gases. In addition there is often
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continuous gas removal.
After passing through the generator shaft seals, the oil goes through the detraining sections
before it returns to the bearing oil drain. As a safety feature there is often a dc motor driven
emergency seal-oil pump provided. This motor will start automatically on loss of oil pressure
from the main seal-oil pump. This is to ensure that the generator can be shut down safely
without risk to personnel or the equipment.

4. Stator Cooling Water System


The stator cooling water system (SCW) is used to provide a source of de-mineralized water to
the generator stator winding for direct cooling of the stator winding and associated components.
SCW is generally used in machines rated at or above 300 MVA. Most SCW systems are
provided as package units, mounted on a singular platform, which includes all of the SCW
system components. All components of the system are generally made from stainless steel or
copper materials.
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from the local lake or river is circulated on one side of the cooler to remove the heat from the de-
mineralized SCW circulating on the other side of the heat exchanger.
Filters and/or Strainers: Full-flow filters and/or strainers, or a combination of both, are
employed for removal of debris from the SCW. Strainers are generally sized to remove debris in
the 20 to 50 µ range and larger and filters for debris in the range of 3 µ and larger. They can be
mechanical or organic type filters and strainers. Debris removal is important to reduce the
possibility of plugging in the stator conductor bar strands.
De-Ionizing Subsystem: A de-ionizing subsystem is required to maintain low conductivity in
the SCW, generally in the order of 0.1 µS/cm. High conductivity can cause a flashover to ground
in the stator winding, particularly at the Teflon hoses where an internal tracking path to ground
exists. The system generally maintains a continuous bleed-off of 5% from the main SCW flow
to keep the conductivity in the operable range.
Stator Cooling Water System Storage or Makeup Tank: In the event the SCW is lost, or the
SCW system must be refilled after shutdown and draining, the system requires replenishing.
Therefore a storage tank to hold sufficient makeup water is required. Some systems are open to
atmosphere while others maintain a hydrogen blanket on top of the water to keep the level of
oxygen at a minimum.
Gas Collection and Venting Arrangement: Since no SCW system is leak proof, there is some
ingress of hydrogen and natural collection of other gases such as oxygen in the SCW system. A
means for venting off these gases is required. Generally, the excess gases are vented to
atmosphere. In some systems the venting process is monitored and/or quantified and in other
systems there is none. This is manufacturer-specific.

5. Excitation System
Rotating commutator exciters as a source of DC power for the AC generator field generally have
been replaced by silicon diode power rectifier systems of the static or brushless type.
• A typical brushless system includes a rotating permanent magnet pilot exciter with the stator
connected through the excitation switchgear to the stationary field of an AC exciter with
rotating armature and a rotating silicon diode rectifier assembly, which in turn is connected
to the rotating field of the generator. This arrangement eliminates both the commutator and
the collector rings. Also, part of the system is a solid state automatic voltage regulator, a
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• A typical static system includes a three-phase excitation potential transformer, three single-
phase current transformers, an excitation cubicle with field breaker and discharge resistor,
one automatic and one manual static thyristor type voltage regulators, a full wave static
rectifier, necessary devices for mounting on a remote panel, and a collector assembly for
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PROTECTION
The protection system of any modern electric power grid is the most crucial function in the
system. Protection is a system because it comprises discrete devices (relays, communication
means, etc.) and an algorithm that establishes a coordinated method of operation among the
protective devices. This is termed coordination. Thus, for a protective system to operate
correctly, both the settings of the individual relays and the coordination among them must be
right. Wrong settings might result in no protection to the protected equipment and systems, and
improper coordination might result in unwarranted loss of production. The key function of any
protective system is to minimize the possibility of physical damage to equipment due to a fault
anywhere in the system or from abnormal operation of the equipment (over speed, under
voltage, etc.). However, the most critical function of any protective scheme is to safeguard those
persons who operate the equipment that produces, transmits, and utilizes electricity.
Protective systems are inherently different from other systems in a power plant (or for that
matter any other place where electric power is present). They are called to operate seldom, and
when they are, it is crucial they do so flawlessly. One problem that arises from protective
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failure to operate or miss-operation of protective systems.
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on the potential cost of not doing so adequately.
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functions. Given the prohibited cost of replacing any of these two, in particular, the generator,
significant expense goes in providing the most comprehensive protection coverage.
Protection is considered by many an art as much as a science. Although the basic protective
components are well known, and the commonly used settings for those devices are spelled out in
a number of standards and other widely available literature, the particular combination of
protective relays, settings, and coordination schemes are particular to every site. Therefore it is
impossible to describe or prescribe a single protective system for generators. The description we
attempt here is on the most commonly encountered protection arrangements and functions.
Protection systems can be divided into systems monitoring current, voltage (at the machine’s
main terminals and excitation system), windings, and/or cooling media temperature and
pressure, and systems monitoring internal activity, such as partial discharge, decomposition of
organic insulation materials, water content, hydrogen impurities, and flux probes. Protective
functions acting on the current, voltage, temperature, and pressure parameters are commonly
referred to as primary protection. The others are referred to as secondary protection or
monitoring devices. Secondary functions tend to be monitored real time, or on demand. For
instance, hydrogen purity is monitored on-line real time, while water content (for water leaks) is
not. Temperature detectors (RTDs or thermocouples) on bearings (and sometimes in on
windings) may be monitored on-line real time, or they may not. Furthermore these functions
may more often than not result in an alarm, rather than directly trip the unit (e.g., core monitors).
The discussion of where and when to use these monitoring devices and how to set them is
provided in. To the primary protective functions monitoring currents, voltages, temperatures and
pressures, there can be added the mechanical protective function of vibration. Typically it will
alarm, but it can also be set to trip the unit. Protections function can also be divided into short-
circuit protection functions. The short-circuit protection comprises impedance, distance, and
current differential protection.

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GENERATOR PROTECTIVE FUNCTION
Protection devices are designed to monitor certain conditions, and subsequently, to alarm or trip
if a specified condition is detected. The condition is represented by a function or protective
function code. Thus there is a relay for every protective function. If a relay only monitors and
thus protects against a single set of conditions, it is said that the relay is a “single-function
device”. In the past most relays were single-function devices. With the advent of solid-state
electronics, manufacturers have combined several functions in one unit or device.
These “multi-function” relays or protective devices offer specific protective functions designed
for certain types of apparatus. Some multi-function relays are dedicated to transformers, others
to motors, and others to generators. Advances in solid-state electronics have led to less costly
devices. Today a multi-function solid-state device with, for instance, five protective functions, is
less expensive than five separate relays for five protective functions.
The number of functions covered by different relays and the number of multifunction devices
are decided, among other things, by the expected losses of all the protective functions covered
by the multi-functional relay, if that particular device becomes faulty. A multi-functional relay
containing all the protective functions required for the protection of a generator can be combined
with a few discrete relays providing backup protection for critical functions. Alternatively, two
or more multi-functional relays can be applied, providing partial or comprehensive redundancy.
There are many combinations of these discrete and multi-functional relays that can be adopted,
depending on when the power plant was build, the size of the units, system conditions, the
idiosyncrasy of the designer, and many other factors.
Relays or protection devices are divided into two categories according to how they process data.
The first category is that of analog relays; the second is that of numerical (also called digital)
relays. Bear in mind that a relay can be electronic but still process the data in an analog manner.
The advantages of numerical processing are various. Accuracy is enhanced. So is flexibility in
use. For instance, a numerical relay offers user-shaped protection widows such that the user can
change the shape of the operation/non-operation areas for a specific function of the relay.
Furthermore the shape of the region of operation may change according to system conditions
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As explained before, for most large machines, some of the applied protective functions are
covered by more than one relay or protective device.
Table: Generator Protection Device Function Numbers
15 Synchronizer
21 Distance protection; backup for system generator zone phase faults
24 Volts/Hertz protection for the generator
25 Sync-check protection
27 Under voltage
Reverse power protection; anti-motoring protection for generator (and
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40 Loss-of-field protection
46 Stator unbalanced current protection
49 Stator thermal protection
Instantaneous over current protection used as current detector in a breaker-
50B failure scheme
51GN Time over current protection; backup for generator ground faults
51TN Time over current protection; backup for ground faults
Voltage-controlled or voltage-restrained time over current protection; backup
51V for system and generator zone phase faults
59 Overvoltage protection
Zero-sequence voltage protection; ground fault protection for an ungrounded
59BG bus
59GN Voltage protection; primary ground fault protection for a generator
Voltage balance protection; detection of blown potential transformer fuses or
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Time over current protection; detection of turn-to-turn faults in generator
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62B Breaker failure protection
64F Voltage protection; primary protection for rotor ground faults
Loss-of-synchronism protection; not commonly used as part of the generator
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For the same reason no specific values are recommended for setting protective relays. These
values oftentimes depend in the particular machine and system to which it is connected. There
are numerous sources for information on the setting of protective relays. The vendors’ manuals
are one good place to start. Various methods of Generator Protection are explained further.

Synchronizer and Sync-Check Relays (Functions 15 and 25)


The combination of function (15) with function (25) provides the means by which the unit can
be brought up to speed automatically and synchronized to the system. Before doing so, the
amplitude of the voltages of the system and generator terminal must be within a narrow margin
so that the breaker can be closed. So must be the angle of the terminal and system voltages. The
slip, which is the frequency difference between the machine and the system, must be lower than
a given value. Almost always two relays are provided: the synchronizer and the sync-check. This
division of labor is based on the need to avoiding the destructive results of synchronizing a unit
out of step due to the failure of a single protective device.
In older installations, mainly with steam-driven units, it is customary to start and bring the unit
up to speed under manual control. Closing the breaker is done manually while the sync-check
relay monitors all voltages, vector angles, and frequencies, making sure they are within their
prescribed values. Although seldom encountered, some operators close the breaker by keeping
the “close” button depressed when the unit is brought to the right speed and voltages, letting the
angle be taken care by the sync-check relay. This practice has resulted in more than one unit
synchronizing out of step due to a failure of the relay (function 25). The failure can be
catastrophic. Thus it is imperative that during manual operation the actual breaker-closing signal
be sent when the conditions for synchronization are met; leaving the sync-check system as a
backup device, as it is supposed to be.

Short-Circuit Protection (Functions 21, 50, 51, 51V, and 87)


These functions are designed to protect the unit against short-circuits in or outside the windings
of the alternator. Outside faults can be in the system close to the station’s busses, on the main
unit transformer or auxiliary transformer(s), on the cable, segregated busses, or insulated phase
busses (IPB), between the alternator and the transformers, or on the alternator’s windings. In
large units the IPB is designed to reduce any short-circuit between the generator and main and
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generator ought to trip to unit promptly.
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Short Circuit and Volts/Hertz Protection Device


The (51V) is a voltage-controlled over current relay, where the voltage control is provided to
differentiate between a low-current fault and a normal or abnormally high load condition.
To some extent most of these functions back each other up. Thus occasionally some are omitted.
Additionally current-based relays are backed in the detection of short-circuit events by some
voltage-based relays. A typical case is on the ground-fault detection scheme of the generator
with high-impedance grounding via a transformer. The differential protection function (87) is
the most critical as it provides protection against the very serious phase-to-phase short circuits.
Normally there are at least three protected areas, each one covered by its own 87 relay. One is
the generator itself. The other covers the auxiliary transformer, and the third covers the main
transformer, generator, and low-voltage side of the auxiliary transformer. Each 87 scheme
utilizes a dedicated set of current transformers.
The ground protection schemes in use today often incorporate a third-harmonic function. This
addition to the standard overvoltage and/or over current relays is based on the fact that during
normal operation of the generator a given amount of third-harmonic voltages are present, and
during a ground fault these third harmonic voltages are highly reduced. This fact is used for
protection of the third of the generator’s winding close to the neutral, where ground-faults tend
to generate very small neutral currents (and hence may not be detected by the neutral
overvoltage or over current protection). Third-harmonic protective devices must be tested
periodically, the same as any other protective functions. In some instances, no overload
protection is provided, other than alarming and expected operator intervention. In others,
function (51) relays are provided that will alarm, and then trip the unit under overload
conditions. The overload can be extremely onerous if allowed to continue beyond the withstand
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Some voltage relays are used for short-circuit protection (on the neutral of the generator—
59GN). Overvoltage relays are also used as backup to the (24) (over excitation) during normal
operation of the machine. During start-up, the (59) will not provide backup to the (24), because a
V/Hz condition can readily develop during run-up, even while the terminal voltage is below its
rated value.
The under voltage relays are mainly installed for the purpose of identifying loss of PT voltage,
or to identify dead-bus condition for certain alignments.

Reverse Power Protection (Function 32)


This protective function trips the unit when power flows from the system to the generator. In this
situation, depending on the generator’s field condition, the alternator is driven as a synchronous
or induction motor. If it is driven as an induction motor, negative-sequence currents will be
established in the rotor, potentially damaging damper windings, wedges, retaining-rings, and
forging. This phenomenon is discussed elsewhere in this book. However, in either case, reverse
power condition may adversely affect the integrity of the prime mover.
Of all the prime movers, steam turbines are the most sensitive to motoring. They also happen to
operate on less power input (only a few percent of rated load, compared to combustion turbines
requiring up to 50% of rated power). For these reasons steam-driven generators require sensitive
settings for the reverse power relays (32), plus some additional protection that may be indicated.

Loss-of-Field Protection (Function 40)


There are a number of events that may result in an accidental removal of the source of excitation
to the generator. This can happen for both brushless and externally excited units. For instance, a
unplanned opening of the field breaker, a failure of the exciter, a flashover in the brush-rigging,
a failure of the automatic voltage regulator (AVR), and a short-circuit in the field winding, can
all result in a loss-of-excitation condition.
When a generator loses its excitation during normal operation, its speed increases by some
amount of up to 3 to 5% of normal. The amount of speed increase depends on the generator’s
load prior to losing its excitation. A lightly loaded unit will experience a much smaller increase
in speed than one fully loaded. Additionally the stator current will normally increase because the
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condition is captured regardless of the level of pre-fault loading. Sensing the field current
directly or sensing the VAR power flowing into the generator is sometimes used for alarm and
trip, but mainly for alarm and rarely as primary protection.

Stator Unbalanced Current Protection (Function 46)


There are a number of incidents that may result in unbalanced three-phase currents at the
terminals of an alternator: for instance, unbalance loads, single-pole opening of a breaker,
asymmetrical transmission systems (without or with insufficient transposition) and open circuits.
Unbalanced currents will result in negative-sequence current components flowing on the rotor
forging surfaces, retaining-rings, rotor wedges, and to some extent in the field windings, in
particular, the amortisseur. These rotor negative-sequence currents have the potential of
generating high temperatures within seconds, with severe detrimental effects to specific areas of
the forging and other rotor components. However, rotors with spindle-mounted retaining-rings
are also susceptible to damage by negative-sequence currents.
Generators must meet minimal requirements for sustaining unbalance currents without damage.
The protection against unbalanced currents is implemented by using over current relays that
measure negative-sequence components. Electromechanical relays provide basic protection
against most negative-sequence current conditions. However, digital relays allow setting the
protected region of operation in such a way that closely matches the withstand capability of the
protected generator. This allows a more sensitive and discriminatory approach.

Stator and Rotor Thermal Protection (Function 49)


There are a number of conditions that may result in elevated temperature inside the generator.
Presently available techniques allow directly monitoring temperatures of the stator winding,
core, and cooling media. Rotor winding temperature, when monitored, is done by measuring
field voltage and current, then calculating the rotor-field resistance, and comparing the obtained
resistance with a known value of ohms at a known temperature. Conditions that may result in
higher than normal temperatures are overload, core hot spots, bent laminations swelling into
vent-ducts, winding failures, and cooling failure (clogged filters in air-cooled machines, lack of
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able to operate without damage for a minimum of 60 seconds. These numbers show that once in
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wired to the control room via SCADA or DCS. In manned stations (all large turbo generators
fall under this category, with exception of some “peaking” units), the winding RTDs are used for
alarming (over current protection is used for high and sudden overload conditions). In
unattended stations (mainly smaller machines) the output from the RTDs may be used to
remotely alarm and to control and/or trip the unit. In the United States the standard RTD has a
resistance of 25 ohms at 25◦C. When the RTDs are installed during original manufacture, the
OEM will place the proper RTD. However, if for any reasons RTDs are installed by the operator
(e.g., during a partial rewind or any other overhaul), the RTDs must match the operating
temperature of the winding. This temperature will most likely be related to the temperature class
of the unit and the insulation class.
Some vendors of directly cooled stators-by-hydrogen generators omit the embedded RTDs. In
lieu of them, they install a number of RTDs monitoring the hydrogen paths in the stator bars (in
addition to other RTDs monitoring other areas along the machine’s gas flow path). The RTDs
monitoring the flow of gas in the stator bars are normally installed in the exit boxes at the end-
windings. If any overheating occurs in a bar or section of the winding, some RTDs will pick up
the excess temperature in the gas flowing in that region. During troubleshooting activities
carried out on a number of hydrogen-cooled units with directly cooled stators, the authors
ascertained that the existence of embedded RTDs, in addition to the gas-flow RTDs made it
easier to determine the location of the faults in the coils. Therefore it is not a bad idea to specify
generators with embedded RTDs (a minimum of two per phase), for those machines with gas-
path-flow RTDs. All RTDs should be monitored, including the embedded ones.
Another way for monitoring onerous temperatures in the stator is by applying tagging
compounds. This technique can also be used to alarm for developing core problems. These
tagging components may be used in hydrogen-cooled machines where a core monitor is
installed.
Core monitors have the ability to monitor and alarm against deterioration of the field winding
due to overheating. Recall that for rotor winding, the only method of estimating the temperature
rise of the winding is by measuring the field voltage and current at the collector, and comparing
the resistance calculated thereof, with known value at known temperature. This technique is
restricted to those machines with collector rings (external excitation). One method commonly
used is to monitor the excitation current. As the excitation current exceeds certain nominal

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controlled relays and alarms.
In those older alternators (or small units) where only one PT feeds the protective and excitation
systems, it is still possible to sense and alarm for a blown-fuse condition. This is attained by
using a scheme that compares negative-sequence voltages in the secondary of the PT (that will
arise as consequence of a primary fault or a blown-fuse condition), with negative currents in the
secondary of the current transformer (CT). If negative-sequence currents are not present, it
indicates that a fault in the primary system does not occur, and thus it must be a blown fuse
condition. This voltage/current negative-sequence comparative function can be found in certain
modern digital protective packages.

Time over Current Protection for Detection of Turn-to-Turn Faults


(Function 61)
The most common stator winding design for large turbine generators is based on a single-turn
arrangement. Smaller machines may sport multi-turn windings. For such machines with at least
two parallel circuits, the “split-phase” protective scheme can be used for the protection against
turn-to-turn short circuits. In this scheme the circuits in each phase are split into two equal
groups and the currents in each group are compared. Any significant difference would indicate
an inter turn failure. The relays used are normally very inverse over current relays and
instantaneous trip combination.

Breaker Failure Protection (Function 62B)


Most faults involving the generator require tripping the line breakers. Failure of any such
breaker to operate properly results in loss of protection and other abnormal conditions, such as
motoring. Adverse conditions arise also if only one or two poles of a line breaker operates, for
instance, resulting in energization from one line, or single-phase operation with the
accompanying negative-sequence currents.
Activation of a breaker failure scheme is carried out by a combination of triggering signals from
the generator protective relays, over current relays and breaker auxiliary switches, via a timer.
Some modified schemes also included in their triggering circuit the trip signal from the neutral
of the main step-up transformer’s over current relay. This change is to protect against breaker
head flashover, which is when arcing occurs across the breaker contacts due to high voltages.
The protection is designed to operate against the flashover of two poles.

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arcs several inches long in the forging of a turbo generator’s rotor, during a double ground
occurrence). There are enough cases documented of large rotors having to be replaced
because of such events.
There are a number of methods in existence for the detection, alarming, and/or tripping of
generators due to field ground faults. Some methods use a voltage source, and others use a
passive unbalanced bridge.
One can still found an older unit protected by an ac-source field-ground detection method. Such
methods can damage the non insulated bearing of the generator if the grounding brush somehow
becomes ineffective. To avoid this from happening, the newer designs have the ac source
replaced with a dc, or any one of the nonlinear resistor-based bridge methods. Generators with
brushless excitation cannot be directly protected with the type of schemes shown above, due to
the lack of collector rings. Many designs of such units sport a set of small rings that periodically
can be temporarily connected to brushes, via which the tests described above can be performed.
For large generators additional circuits can be found that complement the basic schemes. For
instance, a circuit is added to verify that the brushes are sitting on the rotor.

Over/Under Frequency Protection (Function 81)


Over and under frequency operation generally results from full or partial load rejection or
overloading conditions. Load rejection can be caused by a fault in the system or load shedding.
Overload conditions may arise from tripping a large generator or a transmission line. What
frequency the machine will attain following load rejection or overload is a function of how much
load has changed and the governor droop characteristics. For instance, a governor with a 5%
droop characteristic will cause a 1.5% speed increase for a 30% load rejection. The
manufacturers provide withstand curves that should be used in setting the Function (81) relay.

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detrimental effects to the generator. The end-windings and end-windings’ support are prone to
damage and dislocation during such an event. Rotor and coupling damage is also possible. This
condition is not too unlike the out-of-step synchronization. To minimize any harmful effects, the
protection should separate the generator from the system as soon as possible, preferably during
the first half-slip cycle.
Protection against out-of-step condition is based on the fact that the apparent impedance, as seen
at the generator’s terminals, changes in a predicted manner during an unstable condition. This is
similar to the loss-of-excitation condition. However, the loss-of-excitation relay will not pick up
an out-of-step condition in every occurrence because the apparent-impedance behavior is
different for both conditions. Therefore, to fully protect against out-of-step condition, a
dedicated relay (or protective function within a multi-functional device) must be included in the
protection package.
Tripping the unit within the first slip cycle has major advantages in the case of out-of-step
events. This fast protective action tends to reduce considerably the very large oscillating shaft
torque that can otherwise occur.
TRANSFORMER
A transformer is a static device consisting of a winding, or two or more coupled windings, with
or without a magnetic core, for inducing mutual coupling between circuits. When an alternating
current flows in a conductor, a magnetic field exists around the conductor. If another conductor
is placed in the field created by the first conductor such that the flux lines link the second
conductor, then a voltage is induced into the second conductor. The use of a magnetic field from
one coil to induce a voltage into a second coil is the principle on which transformer theory and
application is based.

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ANSI/IEEE defines a transformer as a static electrical device, involving no continuously moving
parts, used in electric power systems to transfer power between circuits through the use of
electromagnetic induction.
The transformer is one of the most reliable pieces of electrical distribution equipment. It has no
moving parts, requires minimal maintenance, and is capable of withstanding overloads, surges,
faults, and physical abuse that may damage or destroy other items in the circuit. Often, the
electrical event that burns up a motor, opens a circuit breaker, or blows a fuse has a subtle effect
on the transformer. Although the transformer may continue to operate as before, repeat
occurrences of such damaging electrical events, or lack of even minimal maintenance can
greatly accelerate the eventual failure of the transformer.
The fact that a transformer continues to operate satisfactorily in spite of neglect and abuse is a
testament to its durability. However, this durability is no excuse for not providing the proper
care. Most of the effects of aging, faults, or abuse can be detected and corrected by a
comprehensive maintenance, inspection, and testing program.
Transformers are exclusively used in electric power systems to transfer power by
electromagnetic induction between circuits at the same frequency, usually with changed values
of voltage and current. There are numerous types of transformers used in various applications
including audio, radio, instrument, and power. In Badarpur Thermal Power Station, we deal
exclusively with power transformer applications involving the transmission and distribution of
electrical power. Power transformers are used extensively by traditional electric utility
companies, power plants, and industrial plants.
The term power transformer is used to refer to those transformers used between the generator
and the distribution circuits, and these are usually rated at 220 kVA and above. Power systems
typically consist of a large number of generation locations, distribution points, and
interconnections within the system or with nearby systems, such as a neighboring utility. The
complexity of the system leads to a variety of transmission and distribution voltages. Power
transformers must be used at each of these points where there is a transition between voltage
levels. Power transformers are selected based on the application, with the emphasis toward
custom design being more apparent the larger the unit. Power transformers are available for
step-up operation, primarily used at the generator and referred to as generator step-up (GSU)

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CONSTRUCTION
A power transformer is a device that changes (transforms) an alternating voltage and current
from one level to another. Power transformers are used to “step up” (transform) the voltages that
are produced at generation to levels that are suitable for transmission (higher voltage, lower
current). Conversely, a transformer is used to “step down” (transform) the higher transmission
voltages to levels that are suitable for use at various facilities (lower voltage, higher current).
Electric power can undergo numerous transformations between the source and the final end use
point.

• Voltages must be stepped-up for transmission. Every conductor, no matter how large, will
lose an appreciable amount of power (watts) to its resistance (R) when a current (T) passes
through it. This loss is expressed as a function of the applied current (P=I2R). Because this
loss is dependent on the current, and since the power to be transmitted is a function of the
applied volts (E) times the amps (P=IE), significant savings can be obtained by stepping the
voltage up to a higher voltage level, with the corresponding reduction of the current value.
Whether 100 amps is to be transmitted at 100 volts (P=IE, 100 amps X 100 volts = 10,000

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necessary for the various end use and distribution levels, electric power can be used both
efficiently and safely.

• All power transformers have three basic parts, a primary winding, secondary winding, and a
core. Even though little more than an air space is necessary to insulate an “ideal”
transformer, when higher voltages and larger amounts of power are involved, the insulating
material becomes an integral part of the transformer’s operation. Because of this, the
insulation system is often considered the fourth basic part of the transformer. It is important
to note that, although the windings and core deteriorate very little with age, the insulation
can be subjected to severe stresses and chemical deterioration. The insulation deteriorates at
a relatively rapid rate, and its condition ultimately determines the service life of the
transformer.
Core
The core, which provides the magnetic path to channel the flux, consists of thin strips of high-
grade steel, called laminations, which are electrically separated by a thin coating of insulating
material. The strips can be stacked or wound, with the windings either built integrally around the
core or built separately and assembled around the core sections. Core steel can be hot- or cold-
rolled, grain-oriented or non grain oriented, and even laser-scribed for additional performance.
Thickness ranges from 0.23 mm to upwards of 0.36 mm. The core cross section can be circular
or rectangular, with circular cores commonly referred to as cruciform construction. Rectangular
cores are used for smaller ratings and as auxiliary transformers used within a power transformer.
Rectangular cores use a single width of strip steel, while circular cores use a combination of
different strip widths to approximate a circular cross-section. The type of steel and arrangement
depends on the transformer rating as related to cost factors such as labor and performance.
Just like other components in the transformer, the heat generated by the core must be adequately
dissipated. While the steel and coating may be capable of withstanding higher temperatures, it
will come in contact with insulating materials with limited temperature capabilities. In larger

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of laminations may be split to reduce localized losses.

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saturation curve as practical, accounting for required over excitations and tolerances that exist
due to materials and manufacturing processes. For power transformers the flux density is
typically between 1.3 T and 1.8 T, with the saturation point for magnetic steel being around 2.03
T to 2.05 T.
There are two basic types of core construction used in power transformers: core form and shell
form.

• In core-form construction, there is a single path for the magnetic circuit. For single-phase
applications, the windings are typically divided on both core legs as shown. In three-phase
applications, the windings of a particular phase are typically on the same core leg. Windings
are constructed separate of the core and placed on their respective core legs during core
assembly.
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Windings
The windings consist of the current-carrying conductors wound around the sections of the core,
and these must be properly insulated, supported, and cooled to withstand operational and test
conditions.
Copper and aluminum are the primary materials used as conductors in power-transformer
windings. While aluminum is lighter and generally less expensive than copper, a larger cross
section of aluminum conductor must be used to carry a current with similar performance as
copper. Copper has higher mechanical strength and is used almost exclusively in all but the
smaller size ranges, where aluminum conductors may be perfectly acceptable. In cases where
extreme forces are encountered, materials such as silver-bearing copper can be used for even
greater strength. The conductors used in power transformers are typically stranded with a
rectangular cross section, although some transformers at the lowest ratings may use sheet or foil
conductors. Multiple strands can be wound in parallel and joined together at the ends of the
winding, in which case it is necessary to transpose the strands at various points throughout the
winding to prevent circulating currents around the loop(s) created by joining the strands at the

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of this technique, involving many rectangular conductor strands combined into a cable, is called
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In core-form transformers, the windings are usually arranged concentrically around the core leg,
which shows a winding being lowered over another winding already on the core leg of a three-
phase transformer. Shell-form transformers use a similar concentric arrangement or an
interleaved arrangement.
With an interleaved arrangement, individual coils are stacked, separated by insulating barriers
and cooling ducts. The coils are typically connected with the inside of one coil connected to the
inside of an adjacent coil and, similarly, the outside of one coil connected to the outside of an
adjacent coil. Sets of coils are assembled into groups, which then form the primary or secondary
winding.
When considering concentric windings, it is generally understood that circular windings have
inherently higher mechanical strength than rectangular windings, whereas rectangular coils can
have lower associated material and labor costs. Rectangular windings permit a more efficient use
of space, but their use is limited to small power transformers and the lower range of medium-
power transformers, where the internal forces are not extremely high. As the rating increases, the
forces significantly increase, and there is need for added strength in the windings, so circular
coils, or shell-form construction, is used.
In some special cases, elliptically shaped windings are used. Concentric coils are typically
wound over cylinders with spacers attached so as to form a duct between the conductors and the
cylinder. As previously mentioned, the flow of liquid through the windings can be based solely

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used almost exclusively in shell-form transformers. The conductors are wound around a
rectangular form, with the widest face of the conductor oriented either horizontally or vertically.
This type of winding lends itself to the interleaved arrangement previously discussed.

2. Disc Windings
A disc winding can involve a single strand or several strands of insulated conductors wound in a
series of parallel discs of horizontal orientation, with the discs connected at either the inside or
outside as a crossover point. Each disc comprises multiple turns wound over other turns, with
the crossovers alternating between inside and outside. Most windings of 25-kV class and above
used in core form transformers are disc type. Given the high voltages involved in test and
operation, particular attention is required to avoid high stresses between discs and turns near the
end of the winding when subjected to transient voltage surges. Numerous techniques have been
developed to ensure an acceptable voltage distribution along the winding under these conditions.
3. Helical Windings
Helical windings are also referred to as screw or spiral windings, with each term accurately
characterizing the coil’s construction. A helical winding consists of a few to more than 100
insulated strands wound in parallel continuously along the length of the cylinder, with spacers
inserted between adjacent turns or discs and suitable transpositions included to minimize
circulating currents between parallel strands. The manner of construction is such that the coil
resembles a corkscrew. Helical windings are used for the higher-current applications frequently
encountered in the lower-voltage classes.

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4. Layer (Barrel) Windings


Layer (barrel) windings are among the simplest of windings in that the insulated conductors are
wound directly next to each other around the cylinder and spacers. Several layers can be wound
on top of one another, with the layers separated by solid insulation, ducts, or a combination.
Several strands can be wound in parallel if the current magnitude so dictates. Variations of this
winding are often used for applications such as tap windings used in load-tap-changing (LTC)
transformers and for tertiary windings used for, among other things, third-harmonic suppression.
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change.
Most transformers are provided with a means of changing the number of turns in the high-
voltage circuit, whereby a part of the winding is tapped out of the circuit. In many transformers,
this is done using one of the main windings and tapping out a section or sections.
With larger units, a dedicated tap winding may be necessary to avoid the ampere-turn voids that
occur along the length of the winding. Use and placement of tap windings vary with the
application and among manufacturers. A manually operated switching mechanism, a DETC (de-
energized tap changer), is normally provided for convenient access external to the transformer to
change the tap position. When LTC capabilities are desired, additional windings and equipment
are required, which significantly increase the size and cost of the transformer. This option is
specified on about 60% of new medium and large power transformers. It should be recognized
that there would be slight differences in this schematic based on the specific LTC being used.
It is also possible for a transformer to have dual voltage ratings, as is popular in spare and
mobile transformers. While there is no physical limit to the ratio between the dual ratings, even
ratios (for example 24.94 X 12.47 kV or 138 X 69 kV) are easier for manufacturers to
accommodate.

MAINTENANCE AND TESTING


Heat and contamination are the two greatest enemies to the transformer’s operation. Heat will
break down the solid insulation and accelerate the chemical reactions that take place when the
oil is contaminated. All transformers require a cooling method and it is important to ensure that
the transformer has proper cooling. Proper cooling usually involves cleaning the cooling
surfaces, maximizing ventilation, and monitoring loads to ensure the transformer is not
producing excess heat.

• Contamination is detrimental to the transformer, both inside and out. The importance of
basic cleanliness and general housekeeping becomes evident when long term service life is
considered. Dirt builds up and grease deposits severely limit the cooling abilities of radiators
and tank surfaces. Terminal and insulation surfaces are especially susceptible to dirt and
grease build up. Such buildup will usually affect test results. The transformer’s general
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Although maintenance and work practices are designed to extend the transformer’s life, it is
inevitable that the transformer will eventually deteriorate to the point that it fails or must be
replaced. Transformer testing allows this aging process to be quantified and tracked, to help
predict replacement intervals and avoid failures. Historical test data is valuable for
determining damage to the transformer after a fault or failure has occurred elsewhere in the
circuit. By comparing test data taken after the fault to previous test data, damage to the
transformer can be determined.

SAFETY
Safety is of primary concern when working around a transformer. The substation transformer is
usually the highest voltage item in a facility’s electrical distribution system. The higher voltages
found at the transformer deserve the respect and complete attention of anyone working in the
area. A 6.6 kV system will arc to ground over 1.5 to 2.5 in. However, to extinguish that same arc
will require a separation of 15 in. Therefore, working around energized conductors is not
recommended for anyone but the qualified professional. The best way to ensure safety when
working around high voltage apparatus is to make absolutely certain that it is de-energized.
• Although inspections and sampling can usually be performed while the transformer is in
service, all other service and testing functions will require that the transformer is de-
energized and locked out. This means that a thorough understanding of the transformer’s
circuit and the disconnecting methods should be reviewed before any work is performed.

• A properly installed transformer will usually have a means for disconnecting both the
primary and the secondary sides; ensure that they are opened before any work is performed.
Both disconnects should be opened because it is possible for generator or induced power to
back feed into the secondary and step up into the primary. After verifying that the circuit is
de-energized at the source, the area where the work is to be performed should be checked for
voltage with a “hot stick” or some other voltage indicating device.

• It is also important to ensure that the circuit stays de-energized until the work is completed.
This is especially important when the work area is not in plain view of the disconnect. Red
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• The inductive capabilities of the transformer should also be considered when working on a
de-energized unit that is close to other conductors or devices that are energized. A de-
energized transformer can be affected by these energized items, and dangerous currents or
voltages can be induced in the adjacent windings.

• Most electrical measurements require the application of a potential, and these potentials can
be stored, multiplied, and discharged at the wrong time if the proper precautions are not
taken. Care should be taken during the tests to ensure that no one comes in contact with the
transformer while it is being tested. Set up safety barriers, or appoint safety personnel to
secure remote test areas. After a test is completed, grounds should be left on the tested item
for twice the duration of the test, preferably longer.

• Once the operation of the transformer is understood, especially its inherent ability to
multiply voltages and currents, then safety practices can be applied and modified for the type
of operation or test that is being performed. It is also recommended that anyone working on
transformers receive regular training in basic first aid, CPR, and resuscitation.

NAMEPLATE DATA
The transformer nameplate contains most of the important information that will be needed in the
field. The nameplate should never be removed from the transformer and should always be kept
clean and legible.

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Although other information can be provided, industry standards require that the following
information be displayed on the nameplate of all power transformers:

a. Serial Number: The serial number is required any time the manufacturer must be
contacted for information or parts. It should be recorded on all transformer inspections and
tests.
b. Class: The class will indicate the transformer’s cooling requirements and increased load
capability.

c. kVA Rating: The kVA rating, as opposed to the power output, is a true indication of the
current carrying capacity of the transformer. kVA ratings for the vaious cooling classes
should be displayed. For three phase transformers, the kVA rating is the sum of the power in
all three legs.

d. Voltage Rating: The voltage rating should be given for the primary and secondary, and for
all tap positions.

e. Temperature Rise: The temperature rise is the allowable temperature change from
ambient that the transformer can undergo without incurring damage.

f. Polarity (single phase): The polarity is important when the transformer is to be paralleled
or used in conjunction with other transformers.

g. Phasor Diagrams: Phasor Diagrams will be provided for both the primary and the
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voltage to the rated voltage of the winding. If, with the secondary terminals shorted, 138
volts are required on the primary to produce rated current flow in the secondary, and if the
primary is rated at 13,800 volts, then the impedance is 1 percent. The impedance affects the
amount of current flowing through the transformer during short circuit or fault conditions.

j. Impulse Level (BIL): The impulse level is the crest value of the impulse voltage the
transformer is required to withstand without failure. The impulse level is designed to
simulate a lightning strike or voltage surge condition. The impulse level is a withstand rating
for extremely short duration surge voltages. Liquid-filled transformers have an inherently
higher BIL rating than dry-type transformers of the same kVA rating.

k. Weight: The weight should be expressed for the various parts and the total. Knowledge of
the weight is important when moving or untanking the transformer.
l. Insulating Fluid: The type of insulating fl.uid is important when additional fluid must be
added or when unserviceable fluid must be disposed of. Different insulating fluids should
never be mixed. The number of gallons, both for the main tank, and for the various
compartments should also be noted.

m. Instruction Reference: This reference will indicate the manufacturer’s publication


number for the transformer instruction manual.

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