Can transformers be operated at voltages other than nameplate voltages?

In some cases, transformers can be operated at voltages below the nameplate rated voltage. In NO case should a transformer be operated at a voltage in excess of its nameplate rating, unless taps are provided for this purpose.

When operating below the rated voltage, the KVA capacity is reduced correspondingly.

For example, if a 480 volt primary transformer with a 240 volt secondary is operated at 240 volts, the secondary voltage is reduced to 120 volts. If the transformer was originally rated 10 KVA, the reduced rating could be 5 KVA, or in direct proportion to the applied voltage.

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