Three phase 45 kva transformer

I have bought a 3 phase 45 kvs transformer 480 -> 240.

Since I buy and sell industrial equipment, I will be sure to come across 460v only machines. So, I thought, I could use this transformer to make 460v from 230v, which is what my building has.

So, realistically, can it be used in reverse? to make 460v.

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Ignoramus23114
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Sure. We have been using such a configuration for 5-6 years to power a large convection oven that melts the solder paste on circuit boards. The KVA rating is reduced about 10-15%.

We learned the hard way to never switch on an unloaded transformer. Blows a fuse in the metering panel almost every time. So, the transformer is never shut off using the circuit breakers.

Paul

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Paul Drahn

Paul, can you clarify this, how else do you shut it off?

And how do you switch it on? I am confused.

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Ignoramus23114

We don't. The oven is turned on/off by an internal computer. So, if power is off, we can't turn it on before powering up the oven. I think the previous owner ran a 120 volt extension cord into the oven just to power the computer. We chose not to try that. So, power to the oven is on 24/7/365.

The transformer and oven are on their own 200 amp 208/3 meter. Each leg has a 200 amp fuse right after the meter. They blow at about 201 amp!

For your use, connect up the equipment and turn it on before powering up the transformer. Or permanently connect some other load, like a heater, to the 460/3 circuit. Then add your new equipment to the line.

460/3 is not something to be careless with!

Paul

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Paul Drahn

you sure can, but may need to fiddle with the taps to get the voltages right.

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Cydrome Leader

OK, thanks.

I have another question. I bought a 50 HP rotary screw compressor for resale. I want to test it.

I realized today that it is 460v. Would this 45 kva transformer, be able to run this compressor UNLOADED, just as a power up test -- not pumping at full PSI.

Thanks

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Ignoramus18836

Hey Iggy,

Simple math says "Yes"....50Hp X 750 watts = 37500 Watts X 1.15 (15% derate) = 43125 Watts, so your 45000 Watt transformer should do. What size is the disconnect for the 45KVA fused at??? Needs close to 200 amps.

Brian Laws>>>> I have bought a 3 phase 45 kvs transformer 480 -> 240.

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Brian Lawson

There is no disconnect, only the transformer in the back of my truck.

KVA is not watts and I am not sure if it is enough to start the compressor.

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Ignoramus18836

There is no RPC there.

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Ignoramus18836

That would be a hell of a load to start on temp wiring. Now, put a soft start on it and it would be a piece of cake.

Karl

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Karl Townsend

I switch power into an unloaded 30kva transformer via a 20 amp triplex breaker every single day withouy any problems whatsoever.

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PrecisionmachinisT

Paul

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Paul Drahn

What fuses do you need, I can sell you some cheaply. Let me know asap, I will visit my fuse contact tomorrow.

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Ignoramus18836

No, don't bother. I can't find out without shutting off the power to the oven and pulling the fuse. I believe they used silver elements rated for

200 amp continuous and will blow at 202 amps.

It's been at least 4 years since we had the problem.

Paul

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Paul Drahn

?????? What ???????? What does that mean, and what does any of this have to do with your truck?????

Take care. Have fun.

Brian Lawson.

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Brian Lawson

Brian, I will see, first, if I can rewire the compressor to 230v... It may be easier than messing around with power factors and unknowns.

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Ignoramus28129

Just sayin...

--people all around the world routinely switch unloades transformers on and off without any problem whatsoever--and so it's definitely something else that's wrong with whatever situation you have going on causing the problem there.

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PrecisionmachinisT

I may be your experience, but it is one of those "things that you know...That just ain't so"

The inrush to a transformer depends on several things, one of them is the load, but the load ALWAYS adds to the inrush.

THe other things are the magnetic state the transformer core was left at, and the where on the sine wave the voltage is at the moment you close in. jk

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jk

The typical fuse curves for a 200A fuse would probably never reach "minimum melt" at 201 A, at nominal temp, and would take several hundred to several thousands of seconds at 300A. For example an RK1 fuse

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200A will melt in ~ 1000 seconds at 300A, 10 sec at ~1200A, and 1 sec at ~2200A.

jk

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jk

He indicated that he has a very special fuse.

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Ignoramus8802

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