Sep 192019

The Impedance-matching Transformer

Impedance matching transformer is used to couple an antenna in a transmission and / or reception equipment. It was widely used in the coupling of the antenna to the analog television and by radio amateurs. Audio amplifiers that use tubes use this coupling transformer to couple speakers with low impedance to vacuum tubes with high impedance.

How the impedance matching transformer works?

A transformer can be used to match impedances. Assuming that the coupling between the primary and the secondary winding is ideal, the coupling coefficient “k” is 1. If the transformer is not ideal the coupling coefficient “k” value is less than 1.


Transformer Impedance matching -formula


  • Zp is the reflected impedance into the primary winding when a load (Zs) is connected on the secondary winding.
  • Zs is the reflected impedance into the secondary winding when a load (Zp) is connected on the primary winding.
  • N is the turn radio between the primary and the secondary winding.

n = Vs/Vp = Ip/Is

Impedance matching transformer examples

Example # 1: You have 80 ohms load connected to the secondary winding of a transformer and the value of n is 3 (N=3). What will be the reflected impedance to the primary winding?

Using the above formula: Zp = Zs/n2. Then: Zp = 80/32 = 80/9 = 8.89 ohms.

Example #2: Let’s suppose we have a 4 ohms load connected to an AC voltage supply with a 400 ohms internal resistance. If they are directly connected we would not have a maximum power transfer from the power source to the load, because the internal resistance and the load have different values.

Impedance Matching Transformer example (original circuit)

To solve the problem we use an impedance matching transformer between the voltage supply and the load.

Impedance Matching Transformer Circuit

This impedance matching transformer must have the proper winding relationship to get the resistance of the 4 ohm load to be reflected as if it were 400 ohms to the voltage source. See the second picture above. The equivalent circuit is on the picture below.

Impedance Matching Transformer Equivalent circuit

In this case the internal resistance and the resistance reflected from the secondary winding into the primary of the transformer are equal and there is a maximum power transfer.

n2 = Zs/Zp = 4/400 = 0.01,  this means that n = 0.1.

From the following formula: n = Vs/Vp, we find that Vs = nVp. Then Vs = 0.1Vp or Vp = 10 Vs. Then we need a transformer with 10 more times spires on the primary winding than in the secondary one.

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