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A new energy harvester for fluids in motion
Author(s): Corrado Boragno; Gregorio Boccalero
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Paper Abstract

A new energy harvester, based on the fluttering phenomenon, is presented. The device is done with a wing connected to a support via two elastomers. When a fluid in motion impinges on this elastic structure, an amount of kinetic energy is transferred to the system, inducing large amplitude oscillations if few mechanical parameters are correctly set. In order to transform the mechanical energy in electrical energy, an electromagnetic coupling is adopted. In this way, it is possible to produce several mW in a wind of 4 m/s with a centimeter-sized device. The device is conceived as an autonomous power source for distributed sensors to be used in Internet of Things.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9431, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2015, 94310G (2 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084591
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Corrado Boragno, Univ. degli Studi di Genova (Italy)
Gregorio Boccalero, Univ. degli Studi di Genova (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9431:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2015
Wei-Hsin Liao, Editor(s)

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