Magnetic resonant coupling is more efficient than inductive coupling for transferring power wirelessly over a distance. However, a conventional resonant wireless power transfer (WPT) system requires a transmitter and receiver pair in exactly coaxial positions. We propose a resonator that can serve as an omnidirectional WPT system. A magnetic field will be generated by the current flowed through the transmitter. This magnetic field radiates omnidirectionally in the x-y plane because of the crisscross structure characteristic of the transmitter. The proposed resonator is demonstrated by using a single port. To check the received S21 and transfer efficiency, we moved the receiver around the transmitter at different distances (50–350 mm). As a result, the transmission efficiency is found to be 48%–54% at 200 mm.
Wireless power transfer (WPT) is a technology that can be used to charge or supply power to electronic devices wirelessly. Recently, WPT has been actively researched worldwide because of the convenience it affords. In 1899, Tesla first started researching a wireless transfer device at his laboratory in Colorado. WPT technology includes inductive coupling, magnetic resonant coupling, and microwave power transfer [1,2].
Kurs and his research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) first investigated magnetic resonant coupling technology. Magnetic resonance, which uses the phenomenon of strong magnetic coupling, has a long transmission distance compared to the induction coupling method .
However, one disadvantage is that the high transmission efficiency can only be achieved when the receiver and transmitter are matched in the same axis. Regardless of the transfer method, for WPT to find various applications, the receiver and transmitter should be freely positioned relative to each other because angle changes in real-world applications are inevitable.
Recently, researchers have actively focused on this problem and proposed a three-dimensional magnetic resonator structure . This structure consists of crossed split-ring resonators. If it were to be simplified, the transmitter coils of the WPT system can be constructed orthogonally . The two closed loops then cross each other. The free position problem is solved; however new problems arise because of multiple input ports. First, considerable effort is required to make circuits match each other. Second, as many power sources as the number of input ports are required. However, this worsens the transmission efficiency.
In this study, we propose an omnidirectional resonator in the x-y plane that feeds on a single port. The transmitter coils are located orthogonally and radiate in the x-y plane.
Fig. 1(a) shows a single closed loop coil placed in the x-y plane; it can radiate in only one direction. Fig. 1(b) shows two single closed loop coils that are crossed orthogonally; it can radiate omnidirectionally but has two ports. Fig. 1(c) shows the structure of the proposed single closed loop coil.
The proposed coil is similar to that shown in Fig. 1(b). It mainly differs in that the x-, y-, and z-axes are used when winding the coil. First, we start at point 1. The coils formed along 1-2-3, 3-4-5, and 5-6-7 are placed on the x-z, y-z, and x-z planes, respectively. Finally, point 7 placed on the y-z plane returns to point 1 through point 8. Therefore, the proposed transmitter coil forms a crisscross structure with a single port and can radiate omnidirectionally.
When the current is applied to the input port, it flows along the coil as shown in Fig. 2. Next, according to Ampere’s law, magnetic field vectors are of two types.
Some (blue arrows) are generated outside the resonator and others (yellow arrows), inside the resonator. Some of those formed outside radiate along the +x, -x, +y, and –y axes. The others formed inside combine with each other. The others that are synthesized (green arrows) radiate diagonally along the x-y axis, as shown in Fig. 3. Therefore, the receiver can receive power omnidirectionally in the x-y plane.
The WPT system has a strongly coupled magnetic field between the transmitter and each receiver [6-9]. Fig. 4 shows the equivalent circuit of the transmitter and the receiver coils. The coupling coefficient (
Eq. (2) is a node equation of the circuit model shown in Fig. 4.
By using Eqs. (2) and (3), we can obtain the load voltage as follows.
The transmitted power can be quantified using the
The transmitter size is 200 × 200 × 200 mm3 and has a wound of 5 turns into a helix. The receiver size is 200 × 200 mm2 and has a wound of 5 turns into a helical loop coil.
The distance between the transmitter and the receiver ranges from 50 to 350 mm. The step size is 50 mm, as shown in Fig. 5.
The value of each reflection coefficient is -28.431 dB (
Fig. 7 shows the occurrence of the split effect. It occurs within 150 mm at 0º and 200 mm at 45°. At 0°, the maximum transmission efficiency is 55.29% at 150 mm. At 45°, it is 54.33% at 200 mm.
This study proposed an omnidirectional resonator in the x-y plane using a crisscross structure. The omnidirectional magnetic vectors are generated by the current in the coils. It enables the receiver to receive uniform power at any angle in the x-y plane. Tables 1 and 2 show the transmission efficiency is approximately 50% at a distance of 200 mm with the proposed resonator.