Capacitive power transfer (CPT) systems based on high-frequency electric field coupling have attracted much attention recently due to their simplicity and low eddy-current losses. This paper proposes a mixed-resonant topology consisted of a Π-CLC resonant circuit on the primary side and a T-CLC circuit on the secondary side for multiple pickups constant current output applications. The voltage gain, current gain, and zero phase angle frequency at different operating modes of Π-CLC and T-CLC circuits are analyzed by fundamental frequency approximation, and the conditions leading to a constant output current independent of loads are determined. Based on the analysis, a design method to determine the resonant network parameters is proposed according to the required output current of each pickup. A prototype with three pickups has been designed and built, and both simulation and experimental results have demonstrated that the proposed multiple-pickup CPT system can output a constant current at each operating power pickup against the load variations of itself and others.
- Capacitive power transfer (CPT)
- mixed-resonant topology
- multiple pickups
- parameter design method
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering