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Energy harvesting device for power generation onboard gravity-dropped weapons
Author(s): J. Rastegar; R. Murray; M. Bridge
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the development and construction of an energy harvesting device to provide a safe, reliable source of electrical energy onboard gravity-dropped weapons such as aerial bombs. The generators collect and store mechanical energy as the weapon falls away from the aircraft. Only after the weapon has fallen away from the aircraft is the stored mechanical energy released, generating electricity through a hybrid piezoelectric and electromagnetic generation method. The design, construction, and testing of the generator is discussed at length. Conceptual designs for integrating the described energy harvester alongside current and alternative sources of electrical power are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8341, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2012, 83411C (28 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915404
Show Author Affiliations
J. Rastegar, Omnitek Partners, LLC (United States)
R. Murray, Omnitek Partners, LLC (United States)
M. Bridge, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8341:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2012
Henry A. Sodano, Editor(s)

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