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Piezo-composites for energy harvesting from low-frequency noises
Author(s): Yidan Zhang; Xiaoming Zhou; Gengkai Hu; Guoliang Huang
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Paper Abstract

We proposed a type of piezoelectric composites for energy harvesting from low-frequency noise environment. The composites are composed of metallic rings and discs placed on two surfaces of a clamped PVDF film. An equivalent mass-spring model is used to estimate the range of operating frequencies. Acoustic-structure coupled simulation is conducted to calculate electricity generated from PVDF films and the vibration effects of the central discs and the outer rings areanalyzed. Numerical results show that the vibration modes can be tuned by changing the sizes of discs and rings. The first peak in harvested electricity at a lower frequency corresponds to the resonant mode in which the ring and the disc vibrate in unison, while the second peak at a higher frequency is due to the resonant mode in which the larger block (the ring or the disc) vibrates while the other remains almost motionless. The two types of electrodes, namely the S-type and the U-type, are designed according to the two vibration modes. The experimental result shows that the proposed composite with optimal structure parameters can improve the harvesting efficiency more than 100% in the band of 50- 800Hz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8695, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2013, 86953I (17 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016813
Show Author Affiliations
Yidan Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Xiaoming Zhou, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Gengkai Hu, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Guoliang Huang, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8695:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2013
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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