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Can wire or cable be located above a transformers core and coil

HPS recommends side or bottom entry for conduit into a type 3R, 12, 4 and 4X enclosure. Neither U.L. or NEC addresses this specifically with transformers. C.S.A. C22.2 No. 47 does address this and disallowed cable entry from the top of the enclosure. The issue with insulated cables is a transformer cools by convection with air moving from the bottom to the top of the coils. The air exiting from the top of the coils can be heated significantly higher than ambient. Cables which enter through the top of the enclosure will experience this heated air which causes three issues:

  • Cable insulation damage within the enclosure.
  • Hot air entering the conduit can cause insulation damage with the conduit.
  • Hubs must be used to prevent water intrusion

Because of these issues, HPS does not recommend that cable enter through the top of a transformer’s enclosure in any application. Note that some of these issues can be mitigated if using non-jacketed hard bussing instead of cable.

  • What is the maximum surface temperature of a transformers enclosure

      Per NEMA ST-20 (2014):

      • Transformers <= 10 kVA can be up to 65C above ambient with a typical maximum ambient of 25C.
      • Transformers > 10 kVA can be up to 50C above ambient with a typical maximum ambient of 40C.
      • Transformers with lower than standard temperature rises will have lower maximum enclosure temperatures.

  • Can wire or cable be located above a transformers core and coil

      HPS recommends side or bottom entry for conduit into a type 3R, 12, 4 and 4X enclosure. Neither U.L. or NEC addresses this specifically with transformers. C.S.A. C22.2 No. 47 does address this and disallowed cable entry from the top of the enclosure. The issue with insulated cables is a transformer cools by convection with air moving from the bottom to the top of the coils. The air exiting from the top of the coils can be heated significantly higher than ambient. Cables which enter through the top of the enclosure will experience this heated air which causes three issues:

      • Cable insulation damage within the enclosure.
      • Hot air entering the conduit can cause insulation damage with the conduit.
      • Hubs must be used to prevent water intrusion

      Because of these issues, HPS does not recommend that cable enter through the top of a transformer’s enclosure in any application. Note that some of these issues can be mitigated if using non-jacketed hard bussing instead of cable.

  • Can conduit be installed through the top of an enclosure

      HPS recommends side or bottom entry for conduit into a type 3R, 12, 4 and 4X enclosure. Neither U.L. or NEC addresses this specifically with transformers. C.S.A. C22.2 No. 47 does address this and disallowed cable entry from the top of the enclosure. The issue with insulated cables is a transformer cools by convection with air moving from the bottom to the top of the coils. The air exiting from the top of the coils can be heated significantly higher than ambient. Cables which enter through the top of the enclosure will experience this heated air which causes three issues:

      • Cable insulation damage within the enclosure.
      • Hot air entering the conduit can causing insulation damage with the conduit.
      • Hubs must be used to prevent water intrusion

      Because of these issues, HPS does not recommend that cable enter through the top of a transformer’s enclosure in any application. Note that come of these issues can be mitigated if using non-jacketed hard bussing instead of cable.