Incognito (Maglev & WPT): Wireless Power transfer with magnetic levitation

Title Incognito (Maglev & WPT): Wireless Power transfer with magnetic levitation
Authors Imtiaz Habib Khan, Tahmid Al Hassan, Arfan Mohammed Abdul Ghani
Semester Fall, 2016

Magnetic Levitation (ML) has and will be used in many scenarios such as; ML trains, flying cars, or personal rapid transit, wind turbines; at home, office, industry, spacecraft, rockets, the centrifuge of nuclear reactor, heart pump, and many more applications. Thus, hopefully it may lead to greater innovative breakthroughs, mostly if it could be applied to developing countries such as Bangladesh. This may give these countries an opportunity to take a fast route towards a future vision of a digital world.

Bangladesh, being a developing country, still hasn’t had the advantages of implementing all the new technological innovations that has come out with ML or Wireless Power Transfer (WPT). Thus, our implementation of ML and WPT can be a starting point for more research and development in any field applicable, within our country.

We used the same system of our ML to also transmit power to the object which is being levitated. As it is important to realize that almost all the objects to be levitated need power to run which may initially be supplied by battery or generator in case of a levitating train for example. Once that runs out, the object needs to pause its journey and come back down to recharge. This is where WPT could be useful as source of the required recharging power while the object is still levitating. The basics of WPT involve the transmission of energy from a transmitter to a receiver via an oscillating magnetic field.

In summary, there are many projects implemented using ML and WPT but separately. Very few have been merged together and almost none has been well documented for research purpose. Our project was intended to be an improvement of those very few merged project containing ML and WPT with a proper documentation of the whole implementation for further research work for the future.