A Family of Hybrid IPT Couplers with High Tolerance to Pad Misalignment

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3617-3625
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Volume37
Issue number3
Online published2 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2021

Abstract

The transfer performance of inductive power transfer (IPT) systems is greatly affected by the inevitable magnetic pad misalignment. Practical IPT converters are expected to operate satisfactorily under considerable pad misalignments. Current design, control and optimization of IPT circuits have achieved limited pad misalignment tolerance. In this paper, a family of hybrid IPT couplers, which combine a conventional bipolar coupler and a simple series-series (SS) topology, are proposed to achieve high tolerance to pad misalignments. The proposed hybrid IPT couplers are applicable to all IPT compensation topologies. In addition, over-current protection is inherently provided in the event of removal of the secondary coil and load. This paper also provides the design principle of this family of hybrid couplers with different coil winding polarities to achieve a given coupling tolerance. Being a universally applicable IPT coupler with high tolerance to pad misalignment, the family of hybrid IPT couplers can be used in any IPT topology. An S-LCC compensation topology is used to illustrate the design of the IPT system with load-independent constant voltage (CV) output under load and coupling variations. Finally, a 3-kW IPT prototype using a hybrid coupler and the S-LCC topology is built to verify the analytical findings.

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  • Couplers, Couplings, high tolerance, hybrid IPT coupler, Hybrid power systems, Inductance, Inductive power transfer, Integrated circuit modeling, Optimization, pad misalignment, Topology

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A Family of Hybrid IPT Couplers with High Tolerance to Pad Misalignment. / Zhao, Wei; Qu, Xiaohui; Lian, Jing et al.
In: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 37, No. 3, 02.09.2021, p. 3617-3625.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review