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On structural effects and energy conversion efficiency of power harvesting
Author(s): Yabin Liao; Henry A. Sodano
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Paper Abstract

The concept of power harvesting works towards developing self-powered devices that do not require replaceable power supplies. One important parameter defining the performance of a piezoelectric power harvesting system is the efficiency of the system. However, an accepted definition of the energy harvesting efficiency does not currently exist. This article will develop a new definition for the efficiency of an energy harvesting system which rather than being defined through energy conservation as the ratio of the energy fed into the system to maintain the steady state to the output power, we consider the ratio of the strain energy over each cycle to the power output. This new definition is analogous to the material loss factor. Simulations will be performed to demonstrate the validity of the efficiency and will show that the maximum efficiency occurs at the matched impedance; however, for materials with high electromechanical coupling the maximum power is generated at the near open and closed-circuit resonances with a lower efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7288, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009, 72880W (7 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.814891
Show Author Affiliations
Yabin Liao, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Henry A. Sodano, Arizona State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7288:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009
Mehdi Ahmadian; Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad, Editor(s)

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