Session 3: Specifications

  • Air bags (and proof that they work)
  • Temperature rise limits, including core, frames and metalwork. Verification.
  • Specifying tap range and overflux
  • Loss capitalisation
  • How serious do you want to be about corrosion and oil leaks?
  • Do you want your protection CTs to work through a fault?  Setting short time ratings.
  • Other little things. Thermally upgraded paper? Bushing mounting and use of stainless steel. O-rings or gaskets?
  • How short can you make your specification? How do you handle non-conformances?

Session 4: Maintenance and Failures

  • DGA. Not all the fine detail, but how do you use it wisely? Is the air bag working?
  • The hidden dangers of N-1.
  • What do you want spares for?
  • Mid-life refurbishment? Internal inspection?  Paper samples? Reclamp?
  • Bushing replacements. Understanding draw-leads, “rockets”, insulated leads. Semiconducting paper?
  • Silver Sulphide and Copper Sulphide  (and some failure examples). What are the immediate actions when a transformer fails?


Mr. Michael O’Brien – Transformer Engineer, Senior Expert, GE Grid Solutions

Mr. Michael O’Brien was previously Electrical Engineering Manager for the Alstom transformer factory in Rocklea, Queensland. He has since worked for the GE service business in Australia. He strongly believes that knowledge protects us from mistakes, and diverse people from different backgrounds are better at solving problems than like-minded groups. If you understand something, you should be able to explain it to others so well that they can even pick your mistakes! So Michael is very committed to sharing knowledge. It is a two-way street.


TIC members –  Free                                                       
Only TIC members register by emailing with course title(s)/name/email/company/and contact phone.

Non TIC member – Cost $100AUD (incl 10%GST)              
Non TIC Member Online Registration

About Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre webinar series

The Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre (TIC) will deliver a number of webinars in 2022. Our Continuing Professional Development courses are designed to fill the training gaps for personnel working in electrical utilities, generation, renewables, mining oil and gas, manufacturers and service staff

These webinars will typically be 1 hour to 4 hours long, and offer great learning outcomes at low cost.