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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 906537, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/906537
Research Article

Modelling and Practical Implementation of 2-Coil Wireless Power Transfer Systems

Department of Automation, School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China

Received 4 April 2014; Revised 8 August 2014; Accepted 21 August 2014; Published 3 September 2014

Academic Editor: Adam Panagos

Copyright © 2014 Hong Zhou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Wireless power transfer (WPT) based on inductive coupling could be potentially applied in many practical applications. It has attracted a lot of research interests in the last few years. In this paper, the modelling, design, and implementation of a 2-coil WPT system are represented. The prototype system can be implemented using conventional power electronic devices such as MOSFETs with very low costs as it works in relative low frequency range (less than 1 MHz). In order to find out about the optimal working area for the WPT system, the circuit model based on the practical parameters from the prototype is built. The relationships between the exciting frequency, coupling, and output power are analyzed based on the circuit and magnetic principles. Apart from the theoretic study, the detailed implementation of the WPT prototype including the coil design, digital frequency generation, and high frequency power electronics is also introduced in this paper. Experiments are conducted to verify the effectiveness of the circuit analysis. By carefully tuning the circuit parameters, the prototype is able to deliver 20 W power through 2.2 meter distance with 20–30% efficiency.