March 11, 2017

Can Single Phase Transformers be used for Three Phase applications?

Yes. Three phase transformers are sometimes not readily available, whereas single phase transformers can generally be found in stock. Three single phase transformers can be used in delta connected primary and wye or delta connected secondary. They should never be connected wye primary to wye secondary, since this will result in unstable secondary voltage. The equivalent three phase capacity when properly connected of three single phase transformers is three times the nameplate rating of each single phase transformer. 

For example: Three 10 kVA  single phase transformers will accommodate a 30 kVA three phase load.


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