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Average power output and the power law: identifying trends in the behavior of fluidic harvesters in grid turbulence
Author(s): Kevin Ferko; Nicholas Chiappazzi; Jiawei Gong; Amir H. Danesh-Yazdi
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Paper Abstract

While the majority of the literature in energy harvesting is dedicated to resonant harvesters, non-resonant harvesters, especially those that use turbulence-induced vibration to generate energy, have not been studied in as much detail primarily due to their comparatively small power output, general non-tunability and difficulty in associating flow conditions to harvester behavior. In this extensive study, we look at the behavior of piezoelectric cantilever beams in different types of grid turbulence with the intention of identifying trends in the harvester output. Our results show that the power-law decay of the harvester output that had previously been observed for rectangular grids holds for a wide variety of fractal grids as well. Additionally, experimental data shows that the average harvester output in grid turbulence follows a power-law growth with respect to the mean flow velocity for relative short and stiff piezoelectric beams.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10967, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XII, 109670Z (21 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2514293
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Kevin Ferko, Penn State Behrend (United States)
Nicholas Chiappazzi, Penn State Behrend (United States)
Jiawei Gong, Penn State Behrend (United States)
Amir H. Danesh-Yazdi, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10967:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XII
Alper Erturk, Editor(s)

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