Question regarding WPT compensation topologies.

I'm trying to make a inductive wireless power transfer system where the RX coil can move quite conisderably relative to TX coil and still transfer decent amount of power.

The problem I'm encountering is that the most efficient power transfer for a coil happens at a given coupling coefficient, which is usually pretty small ~0.1. But when the coil changes relative postion, the coupling coefficient changes aswell.

Here is a simulation with variating coupling coefficients. enter image description here

What would be the best method to transfer a considerable amount of power while the coil moves aka changes coupling coefficient?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you trying to achieve smallest variation in throughput given the changing gap for a given load. There are things you can trade off against each other. However, if you are just after efficient power coupling then spend a lot of time engineering the coils using Litz wire to reduce that series resistive loss. \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Dec 6, 2018 at 11:29

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What would be the best method to transfer a considerable amount of power while the coil moves aka changes coupling coefficient?

If you are after the maximum power transfer, you need to design your wireless power transfer setup such that the input impedance seen by the source is matched with the source impedance (i.e. zero imaginary part and real part as minimum as possible in this case because your source is an ideal source).

The best parameter that you can control is the operating frequency of your source. When the coupling is strong (\$k>k_{critical}=1/\sqrt{Q_1 Q_2}\$), the maximum power transfer occurs at two different frequencies away from the resonance \$\left(f_{\pm}=f_0/\sqrt{1 \mp k}\right)\$ see the below simulation: if you can tune your source to high or low resonance frequencies (\$f\pm\$), then you can obtain the maximum power from the available setup.

Other options include dynamic tuning of compensation, the use of adaptive impedance matching, active rectifier circuits, and resistance compression networks etc. which are more complex and difficult to implement.

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Few other point to note here is that

  • Maximum power transfer will not give the maximum efficiency! In fact, in theory, maximum efficiency will be limited to 50% in perfectly match condition. The best option is to get a compromise between efficiency and the power transfer.
  • The value of the load plays an important role in both efficiency and power transmission.
  • Improvement of coil quality factors will always be better to improve the maximum efficiency as well as the power transfer capabilities. Quality factor of 24 \$\rm{\mu H}\$ coil can easily reach quality factor of 500 with proper optimization using Litz wire and ferrite materials.
  • \$\begingroup\$ When you change the coupling coefficient from 0.2 to 1, we can observe that the transferred power in the top plot decreases. Is there a way to get for example 1 W out(as it is when coupling is 0.2) when the coupling is let's say 0.7 or 0.8? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 11, 2018 at 14:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ It will be difficult to get constant power without having a power control from the source. One option could be to operate at off resonance at lower coupling but you have to deliver reactive power fro the source. Also, if you add the source resistance, your power profile will be different- you may not get high power as ideal case at low coupling. \$\endgroup\$
    – Pojj
    Dec 14, 2018 at 14:22

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