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multilayer pcb inductorMulti-layer coil on a PCB is needed for those designers who want to create a miniature device with the use of inductance sufficiently high value. Single-layer coil on a PCB with inductance more that 10 µh usually has a relatively large size. To solve this problem will help the fabrication of multilayer printed coils. Such coils are used as various sensors, elements of radio frequency filters, etc. However, one should not forget that they have a relatively low quality factor, that is a natural payment for miniaturization. But this is in comparison with wire coils. If we compare with the SMD coils, multilayer printed coils have the best indicators of the Q-factor and smaller the self-capacitance.

The calculation of the multi-layer printed coils is implemented in the plugin multi_PCB and based on research of Jonsenser Zhao – the Chinese engineer. The plugin is not included in the main archive of Coil32 and available for free download from the Plugin Manager.

The total inductance of two  interrelated coils is determined by the formula:multi pcb inductorwhere:


  • Ls - the total inductance;
  • L1, L2 - self-inductance of the first and second coils;
  • M - mutual inductance;

If the coils in each layer are identical and are included in phase, then the formula takes the following form:multi pcbmulti pcb 02where:

  • L0 -  the self-inductance of one of the coils;
  • Kc - the coupling factor;

The total inductance of multi-layer printed coil we can compute as the sum of the inductances of each layer plus the mutual induction of each layer with all other layers. We have already applied this idea to the wire multilayer coil calculation. Only there, this calculation was done for each individual loop, as in this case – for each individual layer. For multi-layer printed coil with identical layer the calculation formula is as follows:multi pcb 04

n - the number of layers of the coil;

How to determine the inductance of one of the spirals in each layer we know. The problem is to determine the value of the coupling factor Kc. Jonsenser Zhao have solved this problem experimentally. He had made a number of multilayer printed coils with number of turns between 5 and 20 and the distance between adjacent layers from 0.75 to 2 mm. From the measurements was derived an empirical formula for computing coefficient of mutual induction between two layers of a multilayer printed coil:multi pcb 03


Kc -  the coupling factor;
N - number of turns in the layer;
X - the distance between the layers in mm;



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