Genetic Algorithm Optimization of Transcutaneous Energy Transmission Systems for Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices

July 3, 2013 - Bryon K, Bluvshtein V, Lucke L. Presentation at 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, July 3-7, 2013

Transcutaneous energy transmission systems (TETS) wirelessly transmit power through the skin. TETS is particularly desirable for ventricular assist devices (VADs), which currently require cables through the skin to power the implanted pump. Optimizing the inductive link of the TET system is a multi-parameter problem. In this paper, we present an optimization method using a genetic algorithm to handle a larger set of parameters, which leads to a more optimal design.