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Investigation of Wireless Power Transfer Using Planarized, Capacitor-Loaded Coupled Loops

Chenchen Jimmy Li and Hao Ling

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

A capacitor-loaded coupled loop structure is investigated for wireless power transfer at 6.78 MHz for a target transmission distance of 1 m. It is shown that the optimal configuration for this structure occurs when the coupled loops are coplanar. Therefore, by converting thick wires into wide strips, a planarized configuration can be achieved. Simulation results are verified in measurement, which shows a 60% overall power transfer efficiency at 1 m. The contribution of different loss mechanisms is examined. Next, power transfer efficiency in the presence of dielectric materials is investigated in simulation and measurement. Additionally, tuning capabilities that arise from the implementation of variable capacitors are shown. Finally, design space exploration is performed to examine design tradeoffs.

Progress In Electromagnetics Research




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