An Accurate Contactless Position Sensor with Planar Resonators

In this paper, we report the development of a contactless position sensor with thin and planar structures for both sensor and target. The target is designed to be a compact resonator with resonance near the operating frequency, which improves the signal strength and increases the sensing range. The sensor is composed of a source coil and a pair of symmetrically arranged detecting coils. With differential measurement technique, highly accurate edge detection can be realized. Experiment results show that the sensor operates at varying gap size between the target and the sensor, even when the target is at 30 mm away, and the achieved accuracy is within 2% of the size of the sensing coil.