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Bistable wind-induced vibration energy harvester for self-powered wireless sensors in smart bridge monitoring systems
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Paper Abstract

Low reliability and high maintenance cost of using power and data cables are two main reasons motivating the application of the self-powered wireless sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM) systems in bridge structures. On the other hand, energy harvesting systems have been introduced as a solution for the current limitations of the batterypowered wireless sensors associated with the finite life-span of batteries and their replacements. The objective in this paper is to propose a new optimized nonlinear energy harvesting concept, namely Bistable Energy Harvesting (BEH) system, for smart SHM of bridge structures. In this study, a dynamic analysis of the energy harvesting system for cablesupported bridges subject to wind-induced vibration is carried out and the feasibility of the energy harvesting device is investigated. This paper presents efficient linear and nonlinear energy harvesting systems for wireless monitoring of long-span cable-supported bridges. It is shown that level of the extracted energy from such energy harvesting system is quite sufficient to supply energy for self-powered sensors of a bridge health monitoring system. This study is to promote the recent line of research on self-powered sensor networks for smart bridge monitoring being performed at the Florida International University.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10971, Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure, and Transportation XIII, 109710C (1 April 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2517424
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Saman Farhangdoust, Florida International Univ. (United States)
Armin Mehrabi, Florida International Univ. (United States)
Davood Younesian, Iran Univ. of Science and Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10971:
Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure, and Transportation XIII
Andrew L. Gyekenyesi, Editor(s)

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