Date of Award:

8-2020

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Nicholas Roberts

Co-Advisor/Chair:

Hailei Wang

Third Advisor:

Abhilash Kamineni

Abstract

Wireless charging of electric vehicles is a developing technology which potentially increases efficiency and safety. It also allows for charging vehicles while they are moving by having charging stations embedded in the roadway. Because roadways are thermally insulating, it is important to know how the heat from the charging stations will move through the roadway, which will allow further research into whether the heat will cause damage to the components in the station or to the roadway. This thesis studies the way the heat moves through concrete with wireless charging coils embedded in it. This is accomplished by measuring the relevant material properties of materials used in such a system of concrete and charging components and using those properties in a simulation. Specifically, to measure the properties of concrete, an experiment with a matching computer simulation is used. These measured properties and others are then used in a different computer simulation to explore how quickly a charging station will heat up. This simulation is compared to experiments on a real charging station for validation. A station with a material designed to absorb heat implemented is also compared to a station without such a material in an effort to understand other ways of managing the heat generation within the station.

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