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Comparison of methods for static charge energy harvesting on aircraft
Author(s): M. E. Kiziroglou; Th. Becker; E. M. Yeatman; U. Schmid; J. W. Evans; P. K. Wright
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the possibility of using the static charge that accumulates on aircraft during flight as a source to power monitoring sensors is examined. The assessed methods include using a pair of materials with different air-flow charging rates, contact discharging of the fuselage to neutral metallic bodies, charge motion induction by the fuselage field and inductive harvesting of fuselage-to-air corona discharges at static discharge wicks. The installation and potential advantages of each method are discussed. The feasibility of directly charging a storage capacitor from accumulated static charge is studied experimentally, demonstrating a voltage of 25V on a 25nF capacitor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10246, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VIII, 102460X (30 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264890
Show Author Affiliations
M. E. Kiziroglou, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Th. Becker, Airbus Group Innovations (Germany)
E. M. Yeatman, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
U. Schmid, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)
J. W. Evans, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
P. K. Wright, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10246:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VIII
Luis Fonseca; Mika Prunnila; Erwin Peiner, Editor(s)

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