Experiment - 9


To study the Ferranti Effect of transmission line/cable.


  1. Three phase alternator Rating: 400V, 5kVA, 1500 rpm.
  2. Ammeter
  3. Voltmeter
  4. Rehostate


Fig 9.1: Experimental Setup for Studying The Ferranti Effect

    Ferranti Effect
    A  long  transmission  line/cables  draws  a  substantial  quantity  of  charging  current.  If such a line/cable is open circuited or very lightly loaded at the receiving end, the voltage at receiving end may become greater than voltage at sending end due to capacitive reactance. This is known as Ferranti Effect. Both capacitance and inductance is responsible to produce this effect. The capacitance (which is responsible for charging current) is negligible in short line but significant in medium line and appreciable in long line. Hence,  this phenomenon occurs in medium and long lines. The figure shown below is representing a transmission line by an equivalent pi(π)-model.   The voltage rise is proportional to the square of the line length.

    The Line capacitance is assumed to be concentrated at the receiving end.
    In the phasor diagram shown above
    OM = receiving end voltage Vr
    OC = Charging current drawn by capacitance = Ic
    MN = Resistive drop
    NP = Inductive reactance drop
    Therefore; OP = Sending end voltage at no load and is less than receiving end voltage (Vr) Since,  resistance  is  small  compared  to  reactance;  resistance  can  be  neglected  in  calculating  Ferranti effect. From π-model, Vs=Vr-Impedance drop Under open circuit condition Ir=0  and hence, Vs=Vr-IcR-jwL*Ic i.e. receiving end voltage is greater than sending end voltage and this effect is called Ferranti Effect. It is valid for open circuit condition of long line.  
    When load current is increased of R-L loads the resultant current is not remains leading, because of the inductive drop. Hence, receiving end voltage (Vr) is lesser than sending end voltage (Vs) under full load conditions.


  1. Select intial length of line(say 30kms).
  2. Start the motor-generator set.
  3. Note down the sending end voltage Vi, sending end current Ii and receiving end voltage Vo.
  4. Disconnect the supply of motor-generator set.
  5. Increase the length of line.
  6. Repeat the steps 2-5.