|Title||Electromechanical inductors for power converter applications|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Zhang, Y., and D. P. Arnold|
|Conference Name||10th Int. Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Apps. (PowerMEMS 2010)|
|Conference Location||Leuven, Belgium|
This paper presents the concept, theory, and demonstration of electromechanical inductors that couple an electrical conductor with a mechanical energy storage component in order to boost the electrical inductance over a specific frequency band. Measurements of mesoscale prototypes indicate an inductance boost >10,000x compared to static electrical devices. The results here are a step toward ultra-high-inductance-density microfabricated devices intended to dramatically reduce the size and mass of switched-mode power supplies.