The University of Auckland

Project #63: A bidirectional wireless charger for underwater applications

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Description:

 

Autonomous underwater vehicles, AUVs, are currently used in a wide range of marine applications such as offshore energy and marine research sectors.  To power on-board equipment, as well as the drive of AUVs, batteries are used.  This limits the range and capability of current AUV systems.  Re-charging of these AUVs by wired means in an offshore marine environment has a number of disadvantages.  This project aims to develop a bi-directional wireless charging system that is suitable for this application.  Students, assigned to this project, are expected to design and build a small scale bidirectional wireless charging system that overcomes the main disadvantages wired chargers.  The project involves modelling, analysis, simulations and both software and hardware design.

Outcome:

A prototype bidirectional wireless charging system to demonstrate the viability of the concept

Prerequisites

ELECTENG 734 

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