What is the Use of a Conservator in Transformer?
It is a cylindrical tank mounted on supporting structure on the roof of the transformer’s main tank.
Function: When transformer is loaded and when ambient temperature rises, the volume of oil inside transformer increases. A conservator tank of transformer provides adequate space to this expanded transformer oil. It also acts as a reservoir for transformer insulating oil.
When volume of transformer insulating oil increases due to load and ambient temperature, the vacant space above the oil level inside the conservator is partially occupied by the expanded oil. Consequently, corresponding quantity of air of that space is pushed away through breather. On other hand, when load of transformer decreases, the transformer is switched off and when the ambient temperature decreases, the oil inside the transformer contracts. This causes outside air to enter in the conservator tank of transformer through silica gel breather.