Outdoor Rectifier Transformer

Greeting all,

 I am working on one Light Rail Transit Maintenance Facility project. What's the different between Oil Natural Air Natural (ONAN) & Oil Force Air Force Rectifier Transformer (OFAF)? Which one is more construction cost effective (Material & installation)? Any cost difference between maintenance & operation cost in the future? Thanks a lot. 


asked 2/8/2013
Allan Sheung2
Allan Sheung

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ONAN or OFAF are the type of cooling arrangements provided as primary ( ON or OF ) and secondary (AN or AF) mechanisms. If you are using forced cooling rather than natural cooling, the power rating of the transformer is enhanced. Normally forced cooling will be provided for power high capacity transformers or for critical load transformers. Retro fitting of forced cooling is also possible if same transformer needs to be retained but higher loads needs to be connected. However initial higher cost, running cost and slightly complex installation considerations needs to be set off against getting an enhanced rating output from the transformer.


S.S. Pattabhiraman

answered 3/13/2013 Pattabhiraman 74

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