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Comparison between modelled and measured magnetic field scans of different planar coil topologies for stress sensor applications

Gibbs, Robert, Moreton, Gregory ORCID:, Meydan, Turgut ORCID: and Williams, Paul ORCID: 2018. Comparison between modelled and measured magnetic field scans of different planar coil topologies for stress sensor applications. Sensors 18 (4) , 931. 10.3390/s18040931

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The investigation of planar coils of differing topologies, when combined with a magnetostrictive amorphous ribbon to form a stress-sensitive self-inductor, is an active research area for applications as stress or pressure sensors. Four topologies of planar coil (Circular, Mesh, Meander, and Square) have been constructed using copper track on 30 mm wide PCB substrate. The coils are energized to draw 0.4 A and the resulting magnetic field distribution is observed with a newly developed three-dimensional magnetic field scanner. The system is based on a variably angled Micromagnetics® STJ-020 tunneling magneto-resistance sensor with a spatial resolution of 5–10 µm and sensitivity to fields of less than 10 A/m. These experimental results are compared with the fields computed by ANSYS Maxwell® finite element modelling of the same topologies. Measured field shape and strength correspond well with the results of modelling, including direct observation of corner and edge effects. Three-dimensional analysis of the field shape produced by the square coil, isolating the components H(x) and H(z), is compared with the three-dimensional field solutions from modelling. The finite element modelling is validated and the accuracy and utility of the new system for three-dimensional scanning of general stray fields is confirmed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: MDPI Publishing
ISSN: 1424-8220
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 April 2018
Date of Acceptance: 19 March 2018
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 00:57

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