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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 1857015, 12 pages
Research Article

Multihop Capability Analysis in Wireless Information and Power Transfer Multirelay Cooperative Networks

1School of Management and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
2Institute of Networks and Distributed System, Chaohu University, Hefei 238000, China
3School of Mathematics and Big Data, Anhui University of Science and Technology, Huainan 232001, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Qian Cao

Received 4 October 2017; Accepted 11 December 2017; Published 17 January 2018

Academic Editor: Nathalie Mitton

Copyright © 2018 Qilin Wu 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.


We study simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT) in multihop wireless cooperative networks, where the multihop capability that denotes the largest number of transmission hops is investigated. By utilizing the broadcast nature of multihop wireless networks, we first propose a cooperative forwarding power (CFP) scheme. In CFP scheme, the multiple relays and receiver have distinctly different tasks. Specifically, multiple relays close to the transmitter harvest power from the transmitter first and then cooperatively forward the power (not the information) towards the receiver. The receiver receives the information (not the power) from the transmitter first, and then it harvests the power from the relays and is taken as the transmitter of the next hop. Furthermore, for performance comparison, we suggest two schemes: cooperative forwarding information and power (CFIP) and direct receiving information and power (DFIP). Also, we construct an analysis model to investigate the multihop capabilities of CFP, CFIP, and DFIP schemes under the given targeted throughput requirement. Finally, simulation results validate the analysis model and show that the multihop capability of CFP is better than CFIP and DFIP, and for improving the multihop capabilities, it is best effective to increase the average number of relay nodes in cooperative set.