Special Issue "Modelling of Wireless Power Transfer"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Grids and Microgrids".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ben Minnaert
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Guest Editor
Applied Sciences, Odisee University College, KU Leuven Association, Gebroeders De Smetstraat 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium.
Interests: wireless power transfer; energy harvesting; energy efficiency; embedded systems; wireless sensor networks and IoT-applications
Prof. Dr. Mauro Mongiardo
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Guest Editor
Department of Electronic and Information, University of Perugia, EngineeringVia G. Duranti, 93Perugia 06125, Italy
Interests: microwave; antennas; guided waves; CAD; wireless power transfer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Technically, any device that needs power can become an application for wireless power transfer (WPT). The current list of applications in which WPT is applied is therefore very diverse, from low-power portable electronics and household devices to high-power industrial automation and electric vehicles. With the rise of IoT sensor networks and industry 4.0, the presence of WPT will only increase.

In order to improve the current state of the art, models are being developed and tested experimentally. Such models represent either part of the WPT technology (e.g., the wireless link itself) or are focused on a certain application (e.g., transcutaneous energy transfer). They allow simulating, quantifying, predicting, or visualizing certain aspects of the power transfer from transmitter(s) to receiver(s). Moreover, they often result in a better understanding of the fundamentals of the wireless link.

This Special Issue, entitled “Modelling of Wireless Power Transfer” mainly covers original research related to the modelling of WPT, including academic and theoretical studies, as well as experimental work. It covers a broad range of models, from conceptual and graphical models to mathematical and numerical models. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Near-field WPT;
  • Inductive coupling;
  • Capacitive coupling;
  • Far-field WPT;
  • Microwave/RF WPT;
  • Multiple transmitters and/or receivers;
  • Optimizing working conditions;
  • Frequency control;
  • Optimizing power transfer/efficiency/gains;
  • Components design;
  • Electronics design.

Dr. Ben Minnaert
Prof. Dr. Mauro Mongiardo
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • wireless power transfer
  • inductive power transfer
  • capacitive power transfer
  • microwave/RF wireless power transfer
  • magnetic resonance
  • modelling
  • simulations
  • electric vehicles
  • IoT
  • wireless sensor networks
  • medical implants
  • electronics design
  • components design
  • energy harvesting.

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Numerical and Circuit Modeling of the Low-Power Periodic WPT Systems
Energies 2020, 13(10), 2651; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13102651 - 22 May 2020
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This article presents a method for analysis of the low-power periodic Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) system, using field and circuit models. A three-dimensional numerical model of multi-segment charging system, with periodic boundary conditions and current sheet approximation was solved by using the finite [...] Read more.
This article presents a method for analysis of the low-power periodic Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) system, using field and circuit models. A three-dimensional numerical model of multi-segment charging system, with periodic boundary conditions and current sheet approximation was solved by using the finite element method (FEM) and discussed. An equivalent circuit model of periodic WPT system was proposed, and required lumped parameters were obtained, utilizing analytical formulae. Mathematical formulations were complemented by analysis of some geometrical variants, where transmitting and receiving coils with different sizes and numbers of turns were considered. The results indicated that the proposed circuit model was able to achieve similar accuracy as the numerical model. However, the complexity of model and analysis were significantly reduced. Full article
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Optimal Design and Comparison of High-Frequency Resonant and Non-Resonant Rotary Transformers
Energies 2020, 13(4), 929; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13040929 - 19 Feb 2020
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This paper concerns the optimal design and comparative analysis of resonant and non-resonant high-frequency GaN-based rotating transformers. A multi-physical design approach is employed, in which magnetic, electrical, and thermal models are coupled. The results are verified by experiments. Two different optimization objectives are [...] Read more.
This paper concerns the optimal design and comparative analysis of resonant and non-resonant high-frequency GaN-based rotating transformers. A multi-physical design approach is employed, in which magnetic, electrical, and thermal models are coupled. The results are verified by experiments. Two different optimization objectives are considered; firstly, the efficiency of two standard core geometries is maximized for a required output power level. Secondly, a geometrical optimization is performed, such that the core inertia is minimized for the desired output power level. The results of both design optimizations have shown large improvements in terms of output power and core inertia as a result of applying series–series resonant compensation. Full article
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Coupling Coefficient Measurement Method with Simple Procedures Using a Two-Port Network Analyzer for a Multi-Coil WPT System
Energies 2019, 12(20), 3950; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12203950 - 17 Oct 2019
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In this paper, we propose a measurement method with a simple procedure based on the definition of the impedance parameter using a two-port network analyzer. The main advantage of the proposed measurement method is that there is no limit on the number of [...] Read more.
In this paper, we propose a measurement method with a simple procedure based on the definition of the impedance parameter using a two-port network analyzer. The main advantage of the proposed measurement method is that there is no limit on the number of measuring coils, and the method has a simple measurement procedure. To verify the proposed method, we measured the coupling coefficient among three coils with respect to the distance between the two farthest coils at 6.78 and 13.56 MHz, which are frequencies most common for a wireless power transfer (WPT) system in high-frequency band. As a result, the proposed method showed good agreement with results of the conventional S-parameter measurement methods. Full article
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Parameter Analysis and Optimization of Class-E Power Amplifier Used in Wireless Power Transfer System
by Feng Wen and Rui Li
Energies 2019, 12(17), 3240; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12173240 - 22 Aug 2019
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In this paper, a steady-state matrix analysis method is introduced to analyze the output characteristics of the class-E power amplifier used in a wireless power transfer (WPT) system, which takes the inductance resistance, on-resistance and leakage current of metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) [...] Read more.
In this paper, a steady-state matrix analysis method is introduced to analyze the output characteristics of the class-E power amplifier used in a wireless power transfer (WPT) system, which takes the inductance resistance, on-resistance and leakage current of metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) into account so that the results can be closer to the actual value. On this basis, the parameters of the class-E power amplifier are optimized, and the output power is improved under the premise of keeping the efficiency unchanged. Finally, the output characteristics of the amplifier before and after optimization are compared by an experiment, while the B-field strength around the WPT system is studied through simulation. The experimental results verify the correctness and feasibility of the optimization method based on steady-state matrix analysis. Full article
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A Resonant Coupling Power Transfer System Using Two Driving Coils
Energies 2019, 12(15), 2914; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12152914 - 29 Jul 2019
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This paper presents a resonance-based wireless power transfer (R-WPT) system using two multi-layer multi-turn inductor coils on the transmission side and a third coil on the receiver side. We theoretically characterized and optimized the system in terms of quality factor (Q factor) [...] Read more.
This paper presents a resonance-based wireless power transfer (R-WPT) system using two multi-layer multi-turn inductor coils on the transmission side and a third coil on the receiver side. We theoretically characterized and optimized the system in terms of quality factor (Q factor) of the coils and power transfer efficiency (PTE). In our R-WPT prototype, the alternating currents (AC) were simultaneously applied to two transmitter coils, which, in turn, transferred power wirelessly to the secondary coil with a 3-mm radius on the receiving end. Owing to the optimization of the inductive coils, all of the coils achieved the highest Q-factor and PTE at the resonance frequency of 2.9 MHz, and the transfer distance could be extended up to 30 mm. The results show that the PTE was greater than 74% at a separation distance of 5 mm and about 38.7% at 20 mm. This is distinctly higher than that of its 2 and 3-coil counterparts using only one driving coil. Full article
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