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Development of an aeroelastic vibration power harvester
Author(s): Matthew Bryant; Ephrahim Garcia
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Paper Abstract

Aeroelastic vibration of structures represents a novel energy harvesting opportunity that may offer significant advantages over traditional wind power devices in many applications. Such a system could complement existing alternative energy sources by allowing for distributed power generation and placement in urban areas. The device configuration of a simple two degree aeroelastic system suitable for piezoelectric power harvesting is presented. The mechanical, electromechanical, and aerodynamic equations of motion governing the dynamics and electrical output of the system as a function of incident wind speed are derived. The response and current output of one design for a bench top scale harvester are simulated and presented. Finally, a strategy for expanding the operating envelope of the power harvester is proposed and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7288, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009, 728812 (6 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815785
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Matthew Bryant, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Ephrahim Garcia, Cornell 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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