Machine learning-enabled development of high performance gradient-index phononic crystals for energy focusing and harvesting

Sangryun Lee, Wonjae Choi, Jeong Won Park, Dae Su Kim, Sahn Nahm, Wonju Jeon, Grace X. Gu, Miso Kim, Seunghwa Ryu

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Gradient-index (GRIN) phononic crystals (PnCs) offer an excellent platform for various applications, including energy harvesting via wave focusing. Despite its versatile wave manipulation capability, the conventional design of GRIN PnCs has thus far been limited to relatively simple shapes, such as circular holes or inclusions. In this study, we propose a GRIN PnC comprising of unconventional unit cell designs derived from machine learning-based optimization for maximizing elastic wave focusing and harvesting. A deep neural network (NN) is trained to learn the complicated relationship between the hole shape and intensity at the focal point. By leveraging the fast inference of the trained NN, the genetic optimization approach derives new hole shapes with improved focusing performance, and the NN is updated by augmenting the new dataset to enhance the prediction accuracy over a gradually extended range of performance via active learning. The optimized GRIN PnC design exhibits 3.06 times higher wave energy intensity compared to the conventional GRIN PnC with circular holes. The performance of the best GRIN PnC within the allowable range of our machining tools was validated against experimental measurements, which shows 1.35 and 2.35 times higher focused wave energy intensity and energy harvesting output, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107846
JournalNano Energy
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2022

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program ( NRF-2022R1A2B5B02002365 , NRF-2021R1A2C2095767 ) and the Creative Materials Discovery Program ( NRF-2018M3D1A1058794 ) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), KAIST UP Program (Fund Number: N10220003 ), and the Ewha Womans University Research Grant of 2022 .

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  • Energy harvesting
  • Machine learning
  • Metamaterials
  • Optimization
  • Phononic crystals


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