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Afraz Haider, Jonathan Arifin, Muhammad Jivani, Karan Kataria, Sesh Andavolu, Ziad Ghneim

Department of Electrical Engineering Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, Texas 75083-0688, U.S.A.

Project Goals:
 To improve our design for effective wireless power transmissions utilizing 915 MHz ISM-band source frequency which is compatible with commercial devices.  Based on our research and preliminary experimental verification, we will built a multiple stage (Five Stage) wireless charger capable of acquiring and converting 915 MHz source frequency into usable DC power.  By the end of second phase of our design project, it is our goal to power a small device wirelessly with our proposed circuit design.

Project Results:
 Our research and detailed study regarding different aspects of RF rectifying circuit such as microstrip and patch antenna design helped us gain a better understanding of the formulation and layout for a charging circuit.  Based on our research and guidance from the UTD faculty members, we designed a Five Stage wireless charging circuit and simulated it on AWR software. The simulation displayed an efficiency of 50%?  Using PCB 64 millimeter board, we then constructed a Five Stage wireless charging circuit capable of functioning for 915 MHz operations. Our design of the wireless charger circuit consisted of two quarter wave whip antennas for transmitting and receiving purposes that were impedance matched to Schottky diodes and other lumped elements.

Project Overview:
For Senior Design II, we decided to revise our rectenna design by building a Five Stage wireless charger pump for acquiring optimum DC load. Based on our research, 915 MHz source frequency best served our purpose in achieving our goal of obtaining usable DC power at the output load.

 Timeline
Topics Researched and held various team meetings for improving our overall rectenna design. Month May

Started work on redesigning the charging circuit, using a different transmitting frequency (915 MHz) and submitted a list of parts that needed to be ordered to the instructor. Continued our research and consulted with various professors and TAs for professional viewpoints. Started the simulation on AWR for the rectenna design.

June

Project Conclusions/Outcomes:
 Using the new design, we received a better output power.  Successfully simulated our rectenna design in AWR Microwave Office and VSS environment.  Successfully completed the design and layout of the circuit on the PCB board.  Sufficiently rectified Radio Frequencies from an antenna .  The projects results indicated that we can achieve much better efficiency by utilizing better antennas.  Overall, it was a useful learning experience that helped us gain knowledge related to wireless power applications.

Completed the simulation using AWR. Finished the layout and design of the charging circuit. Implemented our circuit on the microstrip board. Tested the circuit.

July