Indirect impact based piezoelectric energy harvester for low frequency vibration

S. Ju, C. H. Ji

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Abstract

This paper presents an impact based piezoelectric vibration energy harvester using freely movable metal spheres as proof mass and an MFC (Macro Fiber Composite) beam as a piezoelectric cantilever. External vibration is transformed into free motion of metal spheres inside the channels and impact between the metal sphere and channel end induces a vibration of the MFC beam to generate electric power. A proof-of-concept device having the form-factor of a conventional wristwatch has been designed and tested to harvest energy from low frequency human-body-induced vibrations. Geometry at both ends of the cavities has been optimized to effectively transmit energy to piezoelectric cantilever and thus achieve a higher output power. For a device having an effective volume of 4.59cm3, maximum peak-to-peak open circuit voltage of 54V and RMS output power of 621μW have been achieved, when the fabricated energy harvester was mounted on a wristwatch and shaken manually.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 Transducers - 2015 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1913-1916
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479989553
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Aug 2015
Event18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2015 - Anchorage, United States
Duration: 21 Jun 201525 Jun 2015

Publication series

Name2015 Transducers - 2015 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2015

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnchorage
Period21/06/1525/06/15

Keywords

  • Indirect impact
  • Macro fiber composite
  • Vibration energy harvesting

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