Date of Award

Summer 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Electrical/Computer Engineering

Committee Director

Yucheng Zhang

Committee Member

Shirshak Dhali

Committee Member

Shu Xiao

Abstract

This research focuses on the study of using an inductive-coupled Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) system for electric vehicle charging applications in Medium Voltage DC (MVDC) power networks. Implementing WPT in Electric Vehicles (EVs) can provide a convenient alternative charging option, versus static charging in a station that would take hours. Also, it can prevent the potential of electrocution hazards that might occur due to the usage of physical medium like wires in EV charging. Even though inductive coupling has been applied in some applications of WPT, it is still not efficient enough to transfer high power at the kilowatts level due to weak coupling between the transmitter and the receiver. Using optimally-specified resonant circuits along with inductive coupling can enhance the coupling and make the system more efficient for practical applications.

This research aims to design and analyze the performance of a 5-KW WPT circuit. The optimal specification of a resonant circuit is studied and discussed. Theoretical calculations are performed to find the component values in the circuit to reach. The WPT system is firstly verifiedmby performing simulation tests in the MATLAB/SIMULINK environment and then on a low power hardware testbed.

DOI

10.25777/zyjx-fz14

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