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Novel step-down topologies of star-connected autotransformer

JiaRong Wang (Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China)
Bo He (Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China)
XiaoQiang Chen (Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou, China)

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 16 September 2021




This paper aims to obtain a symmetrical step-down topology with lower equivalent capacity and wider step-down range under the condition of the same output. Two new symmetrical step-down topologies of star-connected autotransformers are proposed in this paper. Taking the equivalent capacity as the main parameter, the obtained topologies are modeled and analyzed in detail.


This paper adopts the research methods of design, modeling, analysis and simulation verification. First, the star-connected autotransformer is redesigned according to the design objective of symmetrical step-down topology. In addition, the mathematical model of two topologies is established and a detailed theoretical analysis is carried out. Finally, the theoretical results are verified by simulation.


Two symmetrical star-connected autotransformer step-down topologies are designed, the winding configurations of the corresponding topology are presented, the step-down ranges of these three topologies are calculated and the influence of step-down ratio on the equivalent capacity of autotransformer are analyzed. Through analysis, the target step-down topologies are obtained when the step-down ratio is [1.1, 5.4] and [1.1, 1.9] respectively.

Research limitations/implications

Because the selected research object is only a star-connected autotransformer, the research results may lack generality. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to further study the topologies of other autotransformers.

Practical implications

This paper includes the implications of the step-down ratio on the equivalent capacity of autotransformers and the configuration of transformer windings.


The topologies designed in this paper enable star-connected autotransformer in the 12-pulse rectifier to be applied in step-down circumstances rather than situations of harmonic reduction only. At the same time, this paper provides a way that can be used to redesign the autotransformer in other multi-pulse rectifier systems, so that those transformers can be used in voltage regulation.



The National Natural Science Foundation of China(51367010).


Wang, J., He, B. and Chen, X. (2021), "Novel step-down topologies of star-connected autotransformer", Circuit World, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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