Current Transformers

Current transformers (CT) are devices that are used to transform the current from a high current into a lower current so that the power can then be measured and controlled. The transformers consist of a core, a primary and a secondary winding. When an alternating current flows through the primary winding, a magnetic flux is created which then induces an alternating current in the secondary winding. This alternating current is proportional to the current in its primary. Current transformers are also known as a "step-down transformers". Once the current has been reduced it can be safely monitored and measured using an ammeter.


Current transformers can perform circuit control and perform roles for safety protection and current limiting.


Current transformers are found in:


  • Generating stations,

  • Electrical substations

  • Commercial electric power distribution.

Types of Current Transformers


Toroidal Current Transformer - These transformers are shaped like a doughnut they do not contain a primary winding. Instead, the line that carries the current flowing in the network is threaded through a window or hole in the toroidal transformer. Toroidal transformers offer high efficiency with minimal excess noise and little excess leakage inductance.


Wound Current Transformer - The transformers primary winding is physically connected in series with the conductor that carries the measured current flowing in the circuit. The magnitude of the secondary current is dependent on the turns ratio of the transformer.


Bar-type Current Transformer – This type of current transformer uses the actual cable or bus-bar of the main circuit as the primary winding, which is equivalent to a single turn. They are fully insulated from the high operating voltage of the system and are usually bolted to the current carrying device.


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RS stock no. 819-9779
Mfr. Part No.Mini CT Sensor
BrandEfergy
R 191.67
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- 12mm Split Core - - - - - - - - Data Loggers/DAS, Digital or Analog Meters, DMMs, Recorders - -
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Mfr. Part No.AC-1040
R 66.59
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Mfr. Part No.AC-1005
R 54.374
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- - - - - - 5A - -40°C +120°C 23.8 x 23.8 x 11.12 mm - PCB Mount -
RS stock no. 914-5301
Mfr. Part No.CTSCMWH500/0.333V
BrandHOBUT
R 635.31
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- 35mm Split Core - - - 500A 333 mV -15°C +50°C 51.2 x 51.2 x 83.5 mm Multi Function Meter Cable -
RS stock no. 914-5294
Mfr. Part No.CTSCMWH60/0.333V
BrandHOBUT
R 341.61
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- 10mm Split Core - - - 60A 333 mV -15°C +50°C 28.7 x 26.4 x 41.7 mm Multi Function Meter Cable -
RS stock no. 729-5501
Mfr. Part No.AC-1030
R 60.50
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- - - - - - 30A - -40°C +120°C 30.2 x 14.3 x 30.2 mm - Through Hole -
RS stock no. 173-0049
Mfr. Part No.AC-1030
R 35.858
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- - - - - - 30A - -40°C +120°C 30.2 x 14.3 x 30.2 mm - Through Hole -
RS stock no. 533-0621
Mfr. Part No.CTSCEN200<1000/5
BrandHOBUT
R 1,219.35
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200:5, 400:5, 600:5, 800:5, 1000:5 - Clip Fit 125mm 132mm 38mm - - -30°C +80°C - - - -
RS stock no. 331-581
Mfr. Part No.CTSCM40300/5-2.5/1
BrandHOBUT
R 695.33
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300:5 - Clip Fit 116mm 104.5mm 35.5mm - - -30°C +80°C - - - -
RS stock no. 819-9798
Mfr. Part No.140AS
BrandEfergy
R 237.44
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- 19mm - - - - - - - - - Oscilloscopes - -
RS stock no. 537-4520
Mfr. Part No.AC-1020
R 39.29
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- - - - - - 20A - -40°C +120°C 23.8 x 23.8 x 11.12 mm - PCB Mount -
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Mfr. Part No.ACX-1050
R 45.946
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- - - - - - 50A - -40°C +85°C 23.8 x 23.8 x 11.12 mm - - -
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Mfr. Part No.AS-103
R 21.54
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- - - - - - 15A - -40°C +120°C 17.2 x 20.4 x 9.53 mm - PCB Mount -
RS stock no. 775-4934
Mfr. Part No.ACX-1050
R 53.04
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- - - - - - 50A - -40°C +85°C 23.8 x 23.8 x 11.12 mm - - -
RS stock no. 173-0041
BrandRS PRO
R 17.367
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- - - - - - 15A - -40°C +120°C 17.2 x 9.53 x 20.4 mm - PCB Mount -
RS stock no. 537-4508
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R 42.026
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RS stock no. 124-3879
BrandRS PRO
R 21.27
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- - - - - - 15A - -40°C +120°C 17.2 x 9.53 x 20.4 mm - PCB Mount -
RS stock no. 173-0050
Mfr. Part No.AC-1060
R 52.469
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- - - - - - 60A - -40°C +120°C 38.1 x 15.9 x 38.1 mm - Through Hole -
RS stock no. 715-7068
Mfr. Part No.56050C
R 46.67
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- - - - - - 10A - -40°C +85°C 16.79 x 8.89 x 20.19 mm - Through Hole -
RS stock no. 745-7995
Mfr. Part No.TRA2400001
BrandCarel
R 182.71
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- - - - - - - - -10°C +50°C - 12/24Vac controllers Surface Mount -