Date of Award:

8-2019

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Zeljko Pantic

Co-Advisor/Chair:

Regan Zane

Third Advisor:

Chris Winstead

Abstract

Wireless power transfer is becoming relevant today because of its effectiveness and convenience. It has been employed into consumer electronics such as cellular charging and electric vehicle charging. In general, inductive wireless power transfer (IPT) is mostly used for WPT. IPT requires coils and power transfer enhancing material such as ferrite to transfer power. However, Capacitive wireless Power Transfer (CPT) appears as an alternative because it requires cost effective and light metal plate couplers. Among CPT couplers, Vertical (stacked) Four-Plate Coupler (V4PC) structure offers the advantage of higher input and output self-capacitances, rotational misalignment.

Safety is one of the most important aspect of wireless power transfer. This thesis proposes a solution to minimize the leakage electric field of Vertical 4-Plate Couplers (V4PCs). It does so by finding the optimum value of circuit parameters. The effectiveness of the proposed solution is shown by experimental results.

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