Unconventional waveform design forwireless power transfer

Alirio Boaventura*, Nuno Borges Carvalho, Apostolos Georgiadis

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)


Continuous wave RF signals have been traditionally used in wireless power transmission systems. This chapter considers RF signals with a time varying envelope and specifically multi-sine signals, and investigates the effect on the obtained RF-dc conversion efficiency of wireless power transmission. The timevarying envelope characteristic of such signals leads to a peak-to-average-power ratio (PAPR) greater than 1 (0 dB) and can have a profound effect in the RF-dc conversion efficiency performance. The chapter begins with a presentation of typical RF-dc converter circuits and modeling of the nonlinear rectifier circuit used to convert RF power in dc electrical power. A description of multi-sine signals and their characteristics is then provided, followed by a theoretical analysis of the rectification process of such signals. Finally, a circuit rectifier prototype is presented and measurements of the RF-dc conversion efficiency are shown demonstrating the fact that it is possible under certain load conditions to obtain an improved efficiency performance over continuous wave signals of the same average power, which increases with higher PAPR.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWireless Power Transfer Algorithms, Technologies and Applications in Ad Hoc Communication Networks
EditorsSotiris Nikoletseas, Yuanyuan Yang, Apostolos Georgiadis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319468105
ISBN (Print)9783319468099
Publication statusPublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Unconventional waveform design forwireless power transfer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this