Abstract: Polymer Encasement for External Placement of Wireless Power Transfer Coils in Pacemaker Applications

The proposed project focuses on developing an encasement to an external receiving coil configuration placed on the outer surface of a pacemaker. Due to this outer placement configuration, the receiver coil is at risk of degrading because of exposure to the biological environment, causing harm to the user. Therefore, the wireless charging project will consist of identifying and testing polymers to be used as the protective encasing material that should not affect the rate of wireless power transfer and not change the ambient temperature by more than 2 °. To accomplish our project’s purpose, prototypes will be designed and produced in a manner that will closely represent a pacemaker. In a similar fashion, tests will be conducted in a manner that will represent the functioning of the pacemaker in a biological environment.