Optimization of Inductors Using Evolutionary Algorithms and Its Experimental Validation

Kota Watanabe, Felipe Campelo, Yosuke Iijima, Kenji Kawano, Tetsuji Matsuo, Takeshi Mifune, Hajime Igarashi

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This paper presents parameter and topology optimization of inductor shapes using evolutionary algorithms. The goal of the optimization is to reduce the size of inductors satisfying the specifications on inductance values under weak and strong bias-current conditions. The inductance values are computed from the finite-element (FE) method taking magnetic saturation into account. The result of the parameter optimization, which leads to significant reduction in the volume, is realized for test, and the dependence of inductance on bias currents is experimentally measured, which is shown to agree well with the computed values. Moreover, novel methods are introduced for topology optimization to obtain inductor shapes with homogeneous ferrite cores suitable for mass production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3393-3396
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010


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